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Lot 7
(B. 1973)
21 – 30 June 2021, 12:00 EDT
New York

US$12,000 - US$18,000

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2021 Non-Fungible Token ERC-721
Token ID: 25485
Minted June 17, 2021, ed. 1/1
Smart Contract Address: 0xb932a70a57673d89f4acffbe830e8ed7f75fb9e0

The present work can be viewed on the Bonham's profile on SuperRare at the following link:

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There may not be a better art historical corollary for the emergence of Crypto Art than the aesthetic drama of the Baroque that emerged in earnest at the turn of the 17th Century. Characterised by novel, irregular forms and exaggerated ornamentation, the movement transcended music, design and the visual arts and marked one of the most dramatic shifts in artistic style since the Renaissance. Inspired by her travels to Rome, silver screen pictures Roman Holiday and Cleopatra, and her visit to the Villa Borghese, Miss AL Simpson's CYBAROQUE BORGHESE embodies the punkish character of contemporary Crypto Art, stitching together a dynamic work that animates a collaged spectacle of Italian classicism.

"As soon as I could travel as an adult, I made my way to Rome. I was enthralled with the concept of modern Italians living and working in the beautiful ruins of this majestic empire. I wandered its cobbled streets, taking photographs and sketching in the tiny cafes, finding inspiration everywhere. But nothing prepared me for the magnitude of Villa Borghese. The combination of the voluptuous Baroque Gardens with the statuesque Villa sitting at the end of the Valley of Trees moved me irrevocably. However, the beauty of this Baroque composition is merely an introduction to the art that it houses. Once I had witnessed Bernini's exquisite sculpture and Canova's rendering of the marble perfection of Princess Borghese, I was changed forever. Villa Borghese had delivered the Roman vision of romance and beauty that I had dreamed of as a little girl."

"Once I delved into its history and the story of Napoleon's sister, Paolina Borghese, I always knew that it would be the inspiration for an artwork one day. I am delighted that I was able to use my love of technology and storytelling to imagine a time in the future, when a woman such as my younger self also discovers Villa Borghese. But this time, I imagined it preserved forever in the metaverse as a glitching AI quantum programme, downloaded and experienced anywhere in the world. I imagined the ancient Roman "plane trees" as glitching trees of code. I created a "neon wire frame" computer network that rendered Italian arias as the Cybaroque Borghese programme was experienced in the metaverse. I used my iPad to draw some of these ideas out – all digital but rendered very similar to traditional sketches. I explored the idea of a graffiti backdrop to add a bit of future dystopia. Once I had worked on each layer both using analogue and digital work, I built up those layers through animation and digital programming. This artistic rendering of an actual place and personal experience through technology is what gives this artwork soul."

In the present work, the collaged 'mixed media' of Miss AL Simpson's digital frame conjures the train carriages and side-streets of Manhattan's Lower East Side. It is this insurgent self-governance of the Crypto Art movement that has always appealed to Simpson – an opportunity to establish new norms in the creation and circulation of the art object. Evoking the brash canvases of Basquiat, Rauschenberg, and Kippenberger, the digital passages of CYBAROQUE BORGHESE engage in a litany of dialogues with Classical and Contemporary motifs. In this digital avant-garde, Miss AL Simpson has become one of the chief protagonists of this new movement, compressing history and styles to produce some of the most dramatic and compelling works to be tokenized to date.

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