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Is AI the future of art – and will it put artists out of work? Virtual human MonoC, a creation of Hong Kong’s Gusto Collective, sells digital art as NFTs but copyright concerns abound

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Source: Style Magazine

Have you ever wondered what it would look like if Charles Darwin rode Napoleon’s horse into battle against a dragon and its army of video game characters? Well, you could spend years – even decades – on artistic and design training to create the tableau yourself … or you could circumvent all that by using one of the many AI art generators that have become the subject of much public discussion recently.

Platforms such as Dall-E, Midjourney and Stable Diffusion, which emerged in 2021 and 2022, allow users to type in a prompt from which the generator lifts keywords that it uses to comb or “scrape” databases of photos and other existing artworks on the internet. A neural network then algorithmically interprets relationships between the source art using the prompt, then generates your portrait of Darwin in the style of whatever artist your heart desires – Edvard Munch, Vincent van Gogh or even Yayoi Kusama.

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Transcript: How to develop your taste in art, with critic Ariella Budick

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Source: Financial Times

The US art critic Ariella Budick is one of my favourite explainers at the Financial Times. I often look up her art reviews after I’ve seen a show at a museum in New York, as I’m trying to form my own opinion on it. Ariella’s reviews do a few things. They place the artist in context. They consider whether the exhibit did them justice. They cover a huge variety of shows across time periods and the world, and they often make me laugh a lot. Recently, she wrote a scathing review of a video art exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art by the artist Joan Jonas, and in it she wrote that the show was like walking a puppy. You’re curious about every leaf, but in the end you just, quote, spend an eternity nosing the same unpromising patch of sidewalk. Ariella is with me to talk about the craft of being an art critic and how we can be more adventurous and trust our judgment when it comes to art. Ariella, hi. Welcome to the show.

Read more: https://www.ft.com/content/84d96d7d-2b33-4474-ac4c-0003ae36c2b1

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Urban Aboriginal art takes centre stage at the 2024 Sydney Biennale

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Source: Financial Times

Search for the origins of contemporary Indigenous art in Australia and the answer is surprisingly specific: the Northern Territory town of Papunya, c1971, with a depiction of the Honey Ant Dreaming ancestral tale in a large-scale mural. This was the birth of “dot painting”, the reproduction on paper or canvas of traditional styles of sand and body ceremonial art, and it brought global fame to artists such as Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri and Kaapa Tjampitjinpa.

In the minds of many outside Australia, Aboriginal art, both old and new, is linked to remote areas of the country. Yet contemporary Indigenous art has always had an urban side, most notably in Queensland art schools in the 1980s, where students included Tracey Moffatt, who became the first Indigenous artist to represent Australia in a solo show at the Venice Biennale, and the brilliant Gordon Bennett, who skewered colonial history by appropriating large chunks of western art.

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Study for portrait Winston Churchill disliked goes on show at his old home

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Source: The Guardian

An intimate study of Winston Churchill that has been in private hands for seven decades has gone on show in the room at Blenheim Palace in which Britain’s most famous prime minister was born, before being auctioned in June.

It was the work of Graham Sutherland, one of the most highly regarded artists of his time. Sutherland was commissioned to paint Churchill by the Houses of Parliament to mark the wartime leader’s 80th birthday in November 1954.

Read More: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2024/apr/16/study-winston-churchill-portrait-disliked-auction-graham-sutherland

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