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On NFTs. The Hard Code Edition

1750Edition: EnglishAvailability: May 1, 2024

Encompassing the entire NFT ecosystem—from algorithmic art to avatars—the first major art historical survey of this field includes 10 academic essays and richly illustrated profiles of 101 key artists. Connecting the disruptive contemporary medium to its context in art history, this volume offers a deep dive into the sphere of non-fungible tokens and is also available for purchase in crypto.



The Hard Code Edition (No. 1–600), each copy numbered and housed in a stainless steel slipcase designed by ZAK Group.


Also available in a Collector's Edition and in four limited Art Editions of 100 of each, with an NFT and an accompanying signed print, in a stainless steel slipcase.

First copies will be available by March 29. Delivery dates for the next copies will be updated shortly.

Edition of 600Hardcover volume in stainless steel slipcase, 36 x 50 cm, 14.6 kg, 604 pages, with a booklet, 21 x 29.7 cm, 24 pages

“This book is one of the first major survey publications on blockchain-based art and the wider on-chain cultural ecosystem.”

Robert Alice
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On NFTs. The Hard Code Edition

On NFTs. The Hard Code Edition

1750

Shock of the New

TASCHEN’s Guide to the Digital Art Revolution

Robert Alice’s On NFTs is the first major art historical survey text on the most compelling, disruptive area of contemporary art today. A rigorous and critical examination of all facets of the NFT ecosystem, On NFTs takes a multidimensional, artist-led approach, leaving its readers with a richer understanding of a topic often shrouded in misconception and pixelated mystery.

The book, presented in TASCHEN’s iconic grand-scale BABY SUMO format and housed in a bespoke stainless steel slipcase, covers a wide range of essential information for both those new to or experienced with the modern medium. Featuring 10 essays from the world’s leading voices in art and the blockchain, including Hans Ulrich Obrist, On NFTs is a book that celebrates unlikely and thought-provoking connections from across art history. Expect illustrations of Rembrandt paintings alongside CryptoPunk avatars, extensive essays explaining the nitty-gritty world of NFTs—including Sol LeWitt’s influence on today’s artistic algorithms—as well as behind-the-scenes glimpses of the creative processes of pioneering artists from Beeple and Emily Xie to Snowfro and Refik Anadol.

Accompanying the 10 essays, On NFTs presents a co-curated survey of 101 key practices working in NFTs today. With each profile uniquely authored by handpicked experts, including curators, critics, artists, and AI, On NFTs embraces diverse and global voices to navigate this borderless movement. Perfect for both natives and newcomers, On NFTs features an extensive glossary of key terms, and a comprehensive exhibition history and timeline of the digital art canon.

The Hard Code Edition is elegantly housed in a handcrafted, sculptural stainless steel case designed by Zak Group in London.


The Hard Code Edition (No. 1–600), each copy numbered and housed in a stainless steel slipcase.

Also available in a Collector's Edition and in four limited Art Editions, 100 of each, from artists Refik Anadol, Dmitri Cherniak, Sofia Crespo, and Osinachi: each with an NFT and an accompanying print of the NFT, signed by the artist, and the book On NFTs in a stainless steel slipcase.

The editor

Robert Alice makes art, exhibitions, and books that explore blockchains and their histories. The first artist to auction an NFT at a major auction house, their work Portraits of a Mind (2019–) was pivotal to the NFT space’s growth. In 2023, the Monnaie de Paris held one of the first European museum solo NFT shows on their work. In 2022, Alice, who lectures globally, co-produced the first academic conference on NFTs at the University of Oxford. Alice’s work is part of the permanent collections of several institutions, including the Centre Pompidou, Paris.

On NFTs. The Hard Code Edition
Hardcover volume in stainless steel slipcase, 36 x 50 cm, 14.6 kg, 604 pages, with a booklet, 21 x 29.7 cm, 24 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-9970-2

Edition: English
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On NFTs

Michael S.,February 26, 2024
An instant classic. And a moment in art history and its canon. Robert Alice and Taschen have published a book that will be a seminal contribution in the months and years ahead. Meticulously researched the book has compiled thought leaders and a range of outstanding artists from around the world who are trailblazers. Congratulations to all involved! Michael Spalter

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