By COCO DOLLE, September 2022
In the midst of the Armory art fair week in New York, I received an invitation to attend designer Vivienne Tam’s show set at Tribeca’s Spring Studios. Though I used to mingle with fashion in my modeling years, I was wondering how to make sense of my presence as an art writer until the first set of models hit the runway.
Pulling from the most popular collectible avatars in the Metaverse, every look in the collection incorporated characters from the Bored Ape Yacht Club, Crypto Punks, CyberKongz Monkeys and Awkward Astronauts. Tam’s elegant printed fabrics and embroidered patches gave a lively physicality to the NFT digital superstars. Bringing a feminine touch to Web3 was the designer’s intention knowing that it is primarily dominated by young men. Heavily criticized, non-fungible tokens are a relatively new artistic medium not yet well understood. Crypto Punks came about in 2017 as early collectibles and have since generated billions worth in sales, shaping a new economy to be built upon for independent artists thanks to its new large pools of collectors.
Known for her culture-bridging approach to design throughout her career, Vivienne’s collaboration with technology and the digital world comes at no surprise in the wake of brands and museums entering the crypto ecosystem.
Earlier this year, LACMA launched an acquisition fund for digital art by women artists spearheaded by Paris Hilton. More recently MoMA benefactors announced they will be auctioning a wide range of old masters works such as Renoirs and Picassos to expand the museum’s digital presence including purchasing NFTs.
The Metaverse is by far the most promising new frontier for creative collaborations and for new ways of seeing art, and we are just at the beginning of it all. WM
Coco Dolle is a French-American artist, writer, and independent curator based in New York since the late 90s. Former dancer and fashion muse for acclaimed artists including Alex Katz, her performances appeared in Vogue and The NY Times. Over the past decade, she has organized numerous exhibitions acclaimed in high-end publications including Forbes, ArtNet, VICE, and W Magazine. She is a contributing writer for L’Officiel Art and Whitehot Magazine. As an artist, her work focuses on body politics and feminist issues as seen at the Oregon Contemporary (OR) and Mary Ryan Gallery (NYC).
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