ARSNL presents Geometries by Frank Stella which consists of 22 original works. Frank Stella is known for the geometric shapes and patterns found in his paintings and sculpture work. His work can be found in the MoMA, the MET, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and many more. When Frank executes a sculpture work he typically renders what it looks like digitally first. This process is a logical first step in creating larger-scale work as it requires a lot of effort and money. Frank has been doing this far before blender or any modern software was created which goes to show how skillful he is. You can find a lot of inspiration from younger artists due to the legacy he has built. The emergence of NFTs has allowed him to monetize his process in a way that was never possible before. As a long-time lover of Stella, this was an opportunity I could not turn down.
In 2019, Stella had recorded an auction record for his work reaching 28M at Christie's. The work was called Point of Pines. The medium was enamel on canvas and was a mammoth of a painting coming in at 85 x 109.5 in. It was painted in 1959 and had amazing provenance coming from Leo Castelli Gallery while also making its way to several museums.
Stella has always used technology to conceptualize his ideas before inception. It comes as no surprise that at 86 years old his experimentation continues. As a longtime patron of the Artists Rights Society, he teamed up with them to release this new series of works called Geometries. If you are not familiar with the Artists Rights Society, referred to as ARS, you can find additional details here. They have been protecting, promoting, and educating people about artists since 1987.
Creator royalties have been an extremely controversial topic in the world of crypto for a few months now due to the dried-up liquidity and rise of optional fee marketplaces. ARS has been trying to influence royalty legislation for a long time now and is going to push to continue paying artists their fair share. Royalties using NFTs cannot be enforced on the contract level at the moment which means that it is up to the buyer/marketplace to grant them. As the tech advances, I imagine there will be better ways to enforce this. At this moment in history, NFTs are by far the best option artists have had to collect royalties on secondary sales.
Information Regarding the Work
- Edition of 100
- 0.29ETH or $500
- 10% resale royalty
- Includes file formats for image, video, AR, VR, and 3D printing.
The presale has passed and the public sale will be announced shortly. If you want to stay up to date on Geometry and future releases you can follow ARSNL on Twitter or join their Discord. You can find additional details on the ARSNL website here.
Update: The public sale will be available Thursday, September 22nd at 12:00 PM Eastern Time. Each work will be available for $1,000.
Disclosure: Visual Trophy bought a full set. We plan to 3D print the work and display it in our homes. Do your own research.
Credits: Frank Stella, NYtimes, ARSNL.