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The Uncanny Failures of A.I.-Generated Hands

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It’s a classic exercise in high-school art class: a student sits at her desk, charcoal pencil held in one hand, poised over a sheet of paper, while the other hand lies outstretched in front of her, palm up, fingers relaxed so that they curve inward. Then she uses one hand to draw the other. It’s a beginner’s assignment, but the task of depicting hands convincingly is one of the most notorious challenges in figurative art. I remember it being incredibly frustrating—getting the angles and proportion of each finger right, determining how the thumb connects to the palm, showing one finger overlapping another just so. Too often, I would end up with a bizarrely long pinky, or a thumb jutting out at an impossible angle like a broken bone. “That’s how students start learning how to draw: learning to look closely,” Kristi Soucie, my high-school art teacher, in Connecticut, told me when I called her up recently. “Everyone assumes they know what a hand looks like, but until you really do look at it you don’t understand.”

Artificial intelligence is facing a similar problem. Newly accessible tools such as Midjourney, Stable Diffusion, and dall-e are able to render a photorealistic landscape, copy a celebrity’s face, remix an image in any artist’s style, and seamlessly replace image backgrounds. Last September, an A.I.-generated image won first prize for digital art at the Colorado State Fair. But when confronted with a request to draw hands the tools have spat out a range of nightmarish appendages: hands with a dozen fingers, hands with two thumbs, hands with more hands sprouting from them like some botanical mutant. The fingers have either too many joints or none at all. They look like diagrams in a medical textbook from an alien world. The machines’ ineptitude at this particular task has become a running joke about the shortcomings of A.I. As one person put it on Twitter, “Never ask a woman her age or an AI model why they’re hiding their hands.”

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

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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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Art Paris leans into its Frenchness for 2024 edition, with rising talents in the spotlight

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For its 26th edition, Art Paris is leaning into its Frenchness and putting a spotlight on the diversity of the French art scene. The contemporary and modern art fair continues to give a platform to rising talents.

As Paris settles into its role at the centre of Europe’s art market, ‘Art Paris’ is trying to build on the momentum the French capital has enjoyed in recent years.

After welcoming a record 81,857 visitors in 2023, this year the contemporary and modern art fair features more stands than ever before – with 136 galleries representing 25 countries.

Close advertisingBut the fair has maintained its identity as a “local” art fair, with 60% of exhibiting galleries remaining French.

Read more: https://www.euronews.com/culture/2024/04/05/art-paris-leans-into-its-frenchness-for-2024-edition-with-rising-talents-in-the-spotlight

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iQIYI Launches ‘Art Films’ Series, Celebrating Artistic Filmmaking and Global Masterpieces

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On March 30, iQIYI, an innovative market-leading online entertainment service in China, announced the launch of its 2024 ‘Art Films’ series. This latest series features titles that have triumphed at prestigious film festivals globally, offering home viewers an easy access to world-renowned art films.

Since its inception in 2015, ‘Art Films’ series has set a precedent as the first distribution channel and the largest online platform in China dedicated to streaming high-quality art films from across the globe. Among its illustrious selections are Varda by Agnès, a heartfelt tribute to the legendary filmmaker Agnès Varda, and Bohemian Rhapsody, a celebratory biopic of the iconic rock band Queen. The series has also featured gems like The Widowed Witch and Kaili Blues, both of which intricately weave the tapestry of Chinese rural life into their narratives while garnering acclaims worldwide.

Read more: https://uk.investing.com/news/stock-market-news/iqiyi-launches-art-films-series-celebrating-artistic-filmmaking-and-global-masterpieces-93CH-3416731

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