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Sotheby’s relaunches Glitch digital art sale following backlash over representation

Sotheby's relaunches Glitch digital art sale following backlash over representation

The “Glitch: Beyond Binary” art auction is a relaunch of the “Glitch-ism” auction held last month and features a more diverse roster of artists.

Sotheby’s has announced the start of the “Glitch: Beyond Binary” art sale. This is a relaunch of last month’s “Glitch-ism” auction, which was criticized for not having any works by women artists.

Bidding for “Glitch: Beyond Binary” will start on April 19 at 2 p.m. ET. There will be 34 lots of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) from different “glitch art” artists.

This type of art uses digital or analog mistakes to create a glitch in a piece of art.

“An MP3 might skip or crackle, a preview window might briefly show shards instead of an image and a website might hiccup on load and scramble its contents. While these occurrences are rarely anticipated and usually unwelcome, glitch artists may in fact intentionally provoke them,” Sotheby’s explains, noting that artists in this genre have often used glitches as forms of “political and identity expression.”

Notably, the community of artists that engage in glitch art “do not just identify as male or female but consist of people from every gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, language, neuro-type, size, ability, class, religion, culture, subculture, political opinion, age, skill level, occupation and background,” Sotheby’s adds.

Included among the artists participating in the forthcoming auction are XCOPY, neurocolor, Jake Osmun, and others.

The variety of glitch art is a significant factor in its popularity. Earlier this month, Sotheby’s halted its “Glitch-ism” auction after several artists pointed out that no women were included in its roster.

Sotheby’s wants to make up for what went wrong with its last sale, so it has asked Dina Chang and Dawnia Darkstone, also known as Letsglitchit, to help pick the artists for the future launch.

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