Juxtaposition and repetition of icons of NFT culture

up:date November 13, 2021 by Bonn Brandt

Bored Ape #8585 is officially the most expensive non-fungible token (NFT) in the Yacht Club collection.

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Have you been ape-propriated ?

Cartoon of an ape in a golden frame

Is it possible that Kaiser Wilhelm II, whose exile in Holland was photographed by German photojournalist Peter Bock-Schroeder (1913-2001) in 1963, was an early collector of NFTs.


In a broader sense, appropriation art can be any art that deals with found aesthetic material, e.g., advertising photography, press photography, archival images, films, videos, etc. These can be exact, detailed copies; but often the size, color, material, and medium of the original are subject to manipulation in the reproduction.

Philosophically, the conceptual strategies of appropriation approximate deconstruction, media theory, and intertextuality. Artistic techniques such as quotation, allusion, travesty, parody, and pastiche, generally regarded as features of postmodern art, are to be found in works of NFT appropriation art.


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