Cozomo de’ Medici Shares 12 Most Iconic Artworks of 2023

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Since arriving on the scene, Cozomo de’ Medici has assembled one of the vital vital collections of crypto artwork, whereas additionally changing into one of many common and outstanding names locally.

The Medici Assortment has been famous for together with most of the main works of the motion, in addition to kicking off 2023 by gifting 22 digital artworks to the everlasting assortment of the Los Angeles County Museum of Artwork.

For this particular debut version of Collector’s Vault, our collection on the main collectors who form the digital artwork house, nft now’s excited to completely current Cozomo’s listing of 12 iconic works from 2023, in no specific order. Listed here are the items in his personal phrases.

The Tree of Data of Good and Evil” by Yatreda

Very often, I’m requested how I discover artists I gather.

And over time, I’ve come to be taught my reply is identical as most others…

I have a look at which artists are beloved by ones I already gather.

So it’s no shock Yatreda has a spot on this listing, an artist broadly admired as a photographer and an all-around good storyteller.

With their assortment “Adam and Hewan,” they revisit tales as previous as time and retell them in a up to date method whereas difficult Western imagery related to many of those tales.

I like the work because it challenges us to reimagine tales and the way we see the individuals in them, very similar to the work of up to date artwork titan Kehinde Wiley.  

Work owned by AP.

Credit score: Sam Spratt

“The Monument Sport” by Sam Spratt

2023 was the yr of Sam Spratt.

Now, Sam had nice momentum coming into 2023… 

In 2022, he was curated into the MAPS sale at Christie’s, for which he created “VII. Wormfood,” which I used to be delighted to amass.

Credit score: Sam Spratt

And in that sale, “VII. Wormfood” tied a Beeple 1/1 as the highest lot. Large second for an artist who on the time was comparatively new to the house. 

Coming into 2023, I really feel Sam leveled up in a key approach –

I’ve talked about earlier than how most of the vital artists of our time are designing the canvas, not simply the portray.

And the way artwork of the long run might be a communal expertise.

Sam’s work is a wonderful instance of that. 

As an alternative of him alone creating the artwork, “The Monument Sport” created a dialogue between the viewer and the paintings in a significant approach. By permitting the neighborhood to place the “ultimate varnish” through observations, I really feel Sam has created a wholly new class of works in digital.

Work owned by 1OF1.

“All the things is Short-term |.” by Joe Pease

To say individuals love the artwork of Joe Pease could be an understatement.

When Joe posted this work to Twitter, it shook up the timeline and had the neighborhood captivated for days on finish.

Few works have the standard of triggering introspection amongst crypto artwork natives… with this work, Joe invitations viewers to consider the place you might be in life, the place you wish to be, and the place we’re all headed in the long run.

Now we have assembled this listing for 2 years, and annually, Joe has created a piece that cemented his place amongst different nice artists that yr. 

One factor is certain, 2024 might be no completely different. 

Work owned by VVD.

Credit score: ACK

“The Damaged Keys” by ACK

In 2023, the muse returned to soften our minds. 

If we describe the yr ACK had in a single phrase, it will be… unforgettable.

Whereas a set from ACK was a lot anticipated, only a few anticipated him to ship work of this stage.

With the discharge of “The Damaged Keys” assortment, ACK produced what appears like his masterpiece, all of the whereas sustaining a commanding presence all year long with a sale at Christie’s, drop with Avant Arte, and plenty of different notable moments.

Work owned by all who participated within the launch.

Credit score: LACMA

“Remembrance of Issues Future Quantity #1” by LACMA

The Los Angeles County Museum of Artwork (LACMA) made an enormous splash in 2023.

In February, LACMA accepted 22 works from The Cozomo de’ Medici Assortment into their everlasting assortment. 

Later within the yr, they prolonged their engagement in crypto artwork by partnering with Cactoid Labs to ask seven artists to create new works, all impressed by LACMA’s encyclopedic assortment of artwork.

One of the crucial notable modern artwork establishments on the earth commissioning crypto artists to create new works, I felt was actually telling of the place we’re headed.

And I beloved the artists chosen – Monica Rizzolli, Ix Shells, Jen Stark, Emily Xie, and Sarah Zucker – as I felt they had been all greatest in school.

“Public // Non-public” by Ripcache

Whereas many works on this listing are right here as a result of it was beloved by the neighborhood for the way in which it seemed, some works carved a spot on the listing by mentioning vital and attention-grabbing questions.

Together with his first mint within the “Public // Non-public” collection, Ripcache asks collectors to select – 

Whereas collectors initially buy the bodily, they can not unlock the NFT companion except they scratch off and destroy the bodily.

Via “scratch,” Ripcache brings up two vital questions – 

Would you fairly have the bodily or digital?

And the way does the connection with the digital change, as soon as the bodily has been scratched off?

Work owned by anon collector.

“NO RIOTERS” by Patrick Amadon

Talking of works that made us ask vital questions, “NO RIOTERS” by Patrick Amadon is maybe on high of that listing.

On this work, Amadon takes a stand for protestors jailed for his or her pro-democracy views and exhibited it prominently in Hong Kong.

Past the artwork and the controversy it prompted, it was one in every of few moments of 2023 the place artwork from our bubble burst out into the world.

Not solely did it create the breakout second for Patrick, it additionally confirmed us the ability of digital artwork as a instrument to struggle for what we imagine in.

Work owned by ely_trader.

Credit score: Jack Butcher

“Opepen” by Jack Butcher

I’ve been a long-time admirer of Jack, who takes advanced concepts and simplifies them by means of his artwork. Jack had a breakout yr in 2023, with each “Checks” and “Opepen.”

“Opepen” began as a 60-minute timed version after which went on to dominate a lot of the dialog in 2023. I really feel Jack has mastered the artwork of changing your viewers – individuals who might or might not be listening to what you’re doing – into an lively neighborhood – people who find themselves not solely listening but additionally responding to your work.

Work owned by all who participated within the mint.

Credit score: Roope Rainisto

“Life In West America” by Roope Rainisto

Roope is one other artist who got here into 2023 with a lot momentum.

In November 2022, Roope gained first place in Claire Silver’s AI artwork contest.

Then, in February 2023 got here his now iconic assortment, “Life In West America,” which dazzled artists and patrons alike with its vary, topics, and high quality of outputs.

Past the artwork, the gathering can be a time capsule, because it captures what is feasible at the moment with generative AI.

Work owned by all who take part within the launch.

“Winds of Yawanawá” by Yawanawá and Refik Anadol

Few artists had a 2023 fairly like Refik.

MoMA acquired “Unsupervised” into its everlasting assortment, courtesy of Ryan Zurrer & the RFC Assortment. 

For long-time admirers of Refik, “Winds of Yawanawá” grew to become a extra accessible entry level into his physique of labor and has armed him with a military of passionate evangelists for his artwork.

And for the Yawanawá neighborhood, a historic collaboration that introduced consideration to their tradition and the broader dialog of sustainability within the Amazon rainforest.

Because the assortment was unveiled at Scorpios Mykonos, it has carved out thoughts share from artists and collectors alike to turn out to be one of the vital notable collections of 2023.

Work owned by all who take part within the launch.

“Human Unreadable” by Operator

No artist has dominated conversations in collector circles like Operator has. 

Whereas many agree it’s the generative assortment of the yr, what impressed me is the thought and creativity behind bringing choreography on-chain in a significant approach.

I additionally should level out that Operator didn’t cease as soon as the works had been bought. 

“Human Unreadable” as an alternative is a set that unfolds over many acts, maintaining the collectors engaged with their artwork apply like few others have managed to do.

The unbelievable artwork, mixed with the presentation of the works at IRL exhibitions, has cemented “Human Unreadable” as a fan-favorite assortment of 2023.

Work owned by all who take part within the launch.


In a black swan occasion not even essentially the most pessimistic of us might have predicted, SBF went from crypto darling to degen in a matter of days.

And whereas limitless artwork was created to seize the moments that unfolded – from the preliminary information breaking, drama between Binance and FTX, the false bravado by SBF on Twitter and way more… I felt nobody captured the insanity fairly like Beeple.

Whereas SBF makes many appearances in Beeple’s “Everydays” from 2023, this work specifically captured the shit present that was FTX.

To really immortalize the second, this “On a regular basis” was minted, donated & exhibited at Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea.

That wraps up our alternatives for essentially the most iconic works of 2023. We selected primarily based on surveying 30,000 readers of Medici Minutes (my free digital wonderful artwork e-newsletter)… and… what caught my consideration personally. Did I miss any artworks? Which artists ought to I be watching in 2024? Tag me @cozomomedici on Twitter and let me know.

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