Latest Genesis by Claire Silver News
❗ Why It Matters
The new set, called "All AI Art Looks The Same", features the works of 14 previous BrainDrops artists, including Claire Silver, Pindar Van Arman, Roope Rainisto and more.
🔎 The Deets
- The collection's size is 128 pieces, and NFTs have been airdropped to collectors who held a complete BrainDrops set as of March 1.
- All AI Art Looks The Same is available for trading on Sansa, who BrainDrops recently partnered with.
🎤 Community Feedback
Thanks for everything, Justin. It's been such a blessing to be a part of the BrainDrops community..HeavensLastAngel
Welcome to the Weekly NFT Roundtable, where members of the Lucky Trader team weigh in on some of the most pressing questions, news, and events in the web3 space.
The commentary below is purely opinion —not financial advice!
Yuga's Bitcoin Blast Off 🚀
Question 1: The Yuga Labs TwelveFold auction finished on Monday, bringing in $16.5M (735 BTC) on the 288-piece collection. The highest bid was 7.11 BTC (101 ETH), and the lowest sale was 2.25 BTC (32 ETH). What are your reactions to those numbers? Predictions on what the floor price on these are in one year?
Tyler: The prices were too high, but pretty much expected. We knew the whales would come out for this one, and they indeed did. To put the 32 ETH “floor” in perspective, it would make TwelveFold the 7th highest Art Blocks generative art project by floor price. And it would be the 15th ranked project in the entire PFP/Art space by floor. It all comes down to location, location, location - Yuga took advantage of the Bitcoin Ordinals hype, executed, and earned a pay day (but they don’t rake as much if this is minted on ETH).
As for the floor price in one year, it’s probably around the same as it is now and very illiquid. I doubt we see more than one sale per month after the initial post-mint dust settles.
Jason: I think it’s tough to say the prices were “too high” when the NFTs were sold in a fair auction format. The prices are exactly as the market decided they should be. Yuga Labs proved they have a wealthy and dedicated following. With a low-count collection, they’re always going to do well. I don’t see how this helps their other holders, but that’s a conversation for another day.
In a year, the upside is there. I don’t see the price dropping, as the people who bought these aren’t necessarily looking to flip, and as the Bitcoin NFT ecosystem grows (if it does), it’ll get easier to buy, sell, and trade NFTs. As new tools are developed, more money will start to flow in, and they could see a massive spike. Though, the most likely scenario is that they’ll stay right around the same price as they are today.
Ghost: Agree with Jason — the prices were what the market was willing to pay for them. This is why I think the people crying ‘cash grab’ are, to be frank, full of shit. Yuga has clearly built a brand and reputation strong enough that people want what they have to offer — and I think with the BTC inscription hype, it was a sharp move and a nice way to both play around with a different medium and style, as well as capitalize (16.5M is no joke).
Even more importantly, and I think this leads into the “how does this help other holders” — this money isn’t in $APE, locked up or anything else. So it adds to a nice war chest for Yuga to keep delivering on its other initiatives without having to drop more dilutive NFTs or do another land sale. It may not be as directly beneficial as an airdrop, but what’s good for the business is probably good for the holders if you believe their ability to reward will continue.
I think the floor price is an interesting question — and probably depends more on the evolution and acceptance of BTC NFTs and Ordinals more than the actual collection itself. If Ordinals succeed, these will likely continue to be in demand for the Yuga provenance. If Ordinals fade out, these might be illiquid, but the supply is low enough that they will probably still hold significant value as digital artifacts.
Logie: Would I have paid this much? Absolutely not. Do I think the people who paid it bought it for the art? Absolutely not. Do I think it could have gone a lot higher? Yes. Do I care to participate in a major debate about it? Not really.
Jason’s right - it was fair price discovery. Sorry my answer stinks.
Rumblings in the Amazon 👀
Question 2: Rumors are swirling around Amazon potentially entering the space with an NFT marketplace of their own, which will reportedly focus on gaming and digital ownership of physical goods. What would an Amazon entrance mean for the space, and what are your thoughts on those potential specific focuses?
*Note — these rumors are still unconfirmed by Amazon, and should be treated as just speculation for now
Tyler: It’s hard to over-state the importance of Amazon entering NFTs. It’s the number 1 household company name. Amazon Prime has over 200M subscribers. That’s a huge, active user base. And apparently, Americans trust Amazon more than every other company or institution in America apart from the U.S. military. This will be huge for my bags (over time) - a bigger user pool means bigger fish. And they’re going to want my jpegs.
Regarding specific focus areas, I’d say infrastructure support for token-gated product offerings and token-gated subscription models are likely top of list. Shopify just partnered with thirdweb to add Web3 features like tokengated commerce, NFT loyalty programs, digital collectible sales, and more to Shopify storefronts.
I’m not an e-commerce expert but this seems to be one of the most rapidly growing sectors for NFTs (and the most likely path to mass adoption).
Jason: Amazon entering the NFT space this fast is massive for global public appeal. It legitimizes NFTs as a technology that all other companies can’t ignore. And it fast-tracks legal and political regulation and acceptance.
As Tyler mentioned, trust is important, too. Everyone trusts Amazon. In a space where trust is limited and rug pulls are frequent, involving massive, trustworthy companies like Amazon is a big deal.
All that said, Amazon joining the NFT space is inevitable. Whether it happens sooner or later, it will happen. NFT technology will infiltrate every aspect of the consumer experience and beyond.
Ghost: Imagine the cope from all the NFT-hating normies when they are buying our bags via Amazon Prime! In all seriousness, Amazon potentially entering the space is awesome to see — and another inflection point that the tech is here to stay, regardless of what normie sentiment and doom articles from media might make normies think.
I think these rumored focuses on gaming and ownership of physical goods are super interesting — and while the knee-jerk reaction from some has been to compare this to a Coinbase NFT marketplace launch, having those specific use cases as potential priorities signals to me that they are looking at things a bit differently. This is a good thing — and those are two areas that probably have the most potential to bring the tech mainstream, rather than the PFPs which have become the face of NFTs.
Logie: I think we will all be disillusioned by what Amazon's entry into the NFT space will really look like. While I’m in the camp that strongly believes these rumors will lead to nothing, in the next month at the very least, I am shocked that many suspect an Amazon Marketplace will just be an OpenSea or Blur clone, and we'll just be trading our bags there along with Amazon’s millions of other customers.
It’s not going to be like that. Not a chance.
Amazon is obligated to act on behalf of shareholders, which means profits, margins, and money on the brain. Would they really join a race to the bottom, platform-fee-free game alongside OpenSea and Blur? I really doubt it. I’d suspect Shopify’s efforts (as outlined by Tyler) are closer to the Amazon web3 integration we will eventually see, enabling subscriptions, token-gating, and its world-class logistical network to flex. I really don’t think Amazon is going full web3.
An AI Art Revolution 🤖 🎨
Question 3: Notable AI artist Claire Silver announced this week that her next collection will premiere at The Louvre, and that she has signed with WME Talent Agency. What does a move like this mean for the AI Art sector, as well as the public perception of AI-generated/assisted art?
Tyler: This is another massively bullish headline for digital art and NFTs overall. Claire Silver is going to be exhibiting an NFT in The Louvre. It’s a f***ing huge deal. I don’t think it matters what type of digital art it is (i.e. AI art vs generative); the whole space will benefit.
I really liked Mando’s tweet on this matter “AI art at the Louvre is a Trojan horse. NFTs silently being accepted as the medium of the future.” NFTs have officially arrived. And just wait til the institutions see all of the cool things they can do with digital art that is just not possible with physical. The Digital Art Renaissance is beginning to play out before our eyes.
Jason: This is well-deserved for Claire Silver, one of the greatest artists in the NFT space. Museum adoption of AI art (and other forms of digital art) is important, but it has been happening for quite some time. See the Centre Pompidou displaying CryptoPunks and Autoglyphs. All of these museums want to be at the forefront of the next artistic revolution, and it’s rather clear at this point that AI art is part of that revolution.
What’s more interesting to me is when these museums start using interactive digital experiences to create personalized, 3D works of art. Art will move beyond physical space. Museums, much like movie theaters now, are going to have to create a viewing experience that can’t be replicated at home with the newest Meta Quest.
Anyway, congrats to Silver and to all the artists currently participating in the NFT and digital art space. And thank you to the Louvre for recognizing the incredible talents of all these people.
Ghost: I think this is one of those inflection points where you look back and realize the paradigm is about to shift. Normies are so fearful of new technology, which includes both AI art and NFTs. So Claire is really fighting against the mainstream tide, and yet here she is in The Louvre. AI art has gone through a renaissance this year, and moments like these are ones that change entire narratives and help others see a different perspective on things. At one point, artists were probably mad at people that use Photoshop too! I see AI art becoming its own genre of accepted acclaimed art, and definitely think Claire is leading the way with her amazing collections and now mainstream work.
Logie: I was at the Louvre last year, fighting for a picture of the Mona Lisa. It’s pretty incredible. What’s more incredible is the centuries and decades of history that are wrapped up in one building. I think the narrative that surrounds traditional art (particularly for those outside of it, like myself) is that it is stuffy, elitist, and unwelcoming. I’d say the Louvre and other museums around the world welcoming digital art, particularly art created on the blockchain, in what feels like such a quick manner is a major win for the space and a trend that has been quietly growing in the last few weeks and months.
Punks Get Blurry 😵💫
Question 4: Punks are now on Blur, with Wrapped Punks seeing over 2,500 ETH in volume over the last week and the floor rising over 10%. Is this move good or bad for the Punks price long-term, and how big of a deal is this for the space?
Tyler: I am not sure there is any long-term impact on the Punks price, but definitely short-term. We have already seen a sharp uptick (from 62 to 67 ETH in just 4 days), and new whales playing in the Punks market (Franklin has 10 now). The Blur trading experience is better than the traditional Larva Labs site (no ETH lock-up, no gas fees on every transaction, collection bid now available), and there’s much more liquidity (over 17k ETH in bids when I checked today).
The problem is, it’s only the wrapped punks (like 630 total). For this to really have a bigger impact we would need to see the entire Punks collection on Blur. But it’s been a fun narrative, and I do think we’ll end up seeing some surprising price action over the coming weeks.
Jason: Blur is irrelevant to CryptoPunks’ long-term price. The collection will be traded on every new marketplace and likely on every semi-successful blockchain. Wrapped Solana Punks, Wrapped Bitcoin Punks, Wrapped Blur Punks — it doesn’t matter. It’s nice to see people talking about Punks again, but this is a non-event, IMO.
Ghost: Short-term, we’ll definitely see more trading volume — and have already seen upticks in floor price and secondary action. Long-term, it probably doesn’t matter that much. Though I do think we see a bump in unique holders, as OG punks with big bags have more readily available bids to sell into. I think there will also be some new converts — someone like Franklin or another Ape whale might discover that they vibe with Punks more now that they can trade them more freely.
Logie: I wonder if Jason cares about the manifestation of his Punk as a Wrapped Solana Punk. Probably not.
Anyway, I’m sorry to disappoint, but I also think this is a non-event. I don’t expect enough users to undertake the technical challenges or risk required to wrap their CryptoPunks just for the purpose of trading them when Punk trading on Larva Labs works perfectly fine and comes with considerably less risk of financial ruin.
If the number of Wrapped Punks increases dramatically as a result of this news, then you can come ask me again.
Meet the Roundtable:
Ghost: Ghost is an NFT analyst at Lucky Trader. He has been in crypto since 2017, and entered the NFT space via NBA Top Shot in January of 2021 before minting Bored Apes and degenning into the broader market.
Tyler: Tyler is a high-volume NFT trader, having reached the top 100 in NFT sales revenue using NFTBank’s rankings, a Pengu maxi (in Luca we trust), and a writer for Lucky Trader. Tyler’s writing spans market analysis, news breakdowns, project ecosystem overviews, and web3 opinion pieces.
Logie: Logan is a content lead at Lucky Trader and is best known for selling every good NFT far too early. He also maintains an irrational exuberance for clay-based NFTs.
Jason: Jason is an NFT lead at Lucky Trader. He has been involved in the NFT space since CryptoKitties in late 2017, and, like most, he lost a lot of money on Top Shot in early 2021. But nevertheless, he persists (with his Series 1 Legendary From The Top LeBron James Block).
Claire Silver is a digital artist who has become well-known for the unique way she uses artificial intelligence to make art. Her work looks at a wide range of topics, such as vulnerability, trauma, and social order. It has been shown in galleries and museums all over the world.
Silver is a leading figure in the AI art movement and has also made a name for herself in the NFT space. In this article, we'll talk about Silver's art, how she makes art, and how well-known she is around the world.
Who Is Claire Silver?
Claire Silver is a digital artist who has become known for her unique way of making art with the help of computer programs known as artificial intelligence. Her work is meant to make people feel like they've gone beyond themselves, letting them experience a "wordless truth" through the pieces she makes.
While not much is known about her personal life, it is clear that Silver has a deep understanding of art history and marketing, having started her career as a traditional artist. Today, she makes art with generative media and artificial intelligence tools that allow her to feed it media and make different kinds of art.
Silver was one of the first artists to experiment with the pairing of NFTs and artifical intelligence and she now has over 73,000 followers on Twitter.
Her art explores themes of vulnerability, trauma, disability, social hierarchy, innocence, and divinity, and she asks what role they will play in our transhumanist future. She sees herself as a "caveman painting fire" in the face of the rise of AI and thinks it is important that we recognize the transcendent longing that is part of being human and make a promise to bring it with us into the future.
Claire Silver’s Artworks
Claire Silver has become a leader in the growing AI art movement thanks in part to her unique styles. With a best-selling Genesis piece that sold for 52 ETH on SuperRare and top sales from her "AI Art Is Not Art" collection reaching over 30 ETH, Silver has established herself as one of the best-selling artists in the NFT space.
Below find some of Silver's most notable pieces.
Silver x SuperRare
Leading artist curation platform, SuperRare, houses some of Silver's most prominent 1/1 creations. All three can be viewed at her profile page, the most notable of which is her genesis, "c l a i r e."
A self-portrait generated with AI, "c l a i r e" most recently sold to collector "batsoupyum" for 52.69 ETH in May 2022.
"Genesis" - BrainDrops
One of Claire Silver's most notable NFT collections, "Genesis," was dropped on the artitifical intelligence curation platform, BrainDrops in 2021.
The collection of 500 NFTs first minted for 0.1 ETH and has since blossomed to a floor price of 23.99 ETH at the time of writing. All 500 NFTs act as unique pieces in an overall set that tells the story of "what is and what is yet to come," according to the project description.
Consistent themes can be found throughout the collection, or when viewing the NFTs side by side.
Silver x Sotheby's
One of Silver's pieces, "Blood in the Streets, Late to the Ball", was sold at Sotheby’s London in March last year for $47,812. This sale highlighted the growing interest in AI art in the traditional art world.
Claire Silver’s Artistic Process
Claire Silver's way of making art shows how her life as a millennial has changed from an analog childhood to a more and more digital one. She uses many different tools to make her pieces, such as oil and acrylic paints, GAN (Artbreeder), Procreate, collage, and photography.
Silver often blends classical styles and mythos into her work, collaborating with AI to create pieces that are at once familiar and strange. She sees the use of traditional painting styles in training GAN as a way to shape AI and bring some of our collective culture forward while still expanding and redefining it.
Through her process, Silver seeks to bridge the gap between analog and digital art, creating works that are both timeless and cutting-edge. Her approach to working with AI lets her create pieces that are truly one-of-a-kind blends of the classic and the futuristic.
Silver's artistic process shows that she is able to change and adapt with the times. She uses new technologies and mediums in her work, but she still respects the traditions of the past.
Claire Silver's meteoric rise in the art world has not gone unnoticed by the media and major art institutions around the world. Her unique mix of traditional art and art made by AI has been written about in a lot of prominent publications, like Wired and The New York Times.
Additionally, Silver has caught the attention of major talent agency WME, who recently signed her to their roster. This move shows that NFT art is becoming more important and that AI-made art could shake up the traditional art world.
Silver's unique approach to art and her use of AI technology have made her a prominent figure in the NFT and AI art space. Her artworks have been widely recognized and exhibited in various galleries and museums worldwide.
Silver's creative approach to art has won her praise all over the world and shows how traditional and modern art can work well together.
Claire Silver announced via Twitter that her next art collection will premiere at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. Silver also annouced she has signed with WME Talent Agency as its first AI Artist.
❗Why It Matters
An artist from web3 being accepted into a prestigious museum like The Louvre represents a significant advancement for web3 artists and the industry as a whole, legitimizing the work being done in digitally native mediums. In the case of Silver, it also pushes the boundaries on the acceptance of AI art, a genre that has been well received this year.
AHH CLAIRE! You trailblazer par excellence! Huge congrats, I am so happy for youocketgirlNFT