Two paintings up for auction in New York highlight a growing interest in Artificial Intelligence-produced works – a technique that is how art can be created and seen, but it is also sparking passionate debate. The art world was stunned last year when an AI painting sold for $ 432,500 (about Rs 3 crore) and auctioneers were demanding further examination of computer-generated works.
“Max Moore of the Society said that art is a true reflection of how our society reacts to our society.”
“And so it is a natural continuation of the progress of art,” he said.
Sotheby’s will have two paintings put up for sale on Thursday by French art collective Oblast, including “Le Baron de Belci”.
The European classic-style portrait is part of the same series as “Portrait of Edmund Bellamy”, which sold 60 times more than the lowest estimate at Christie’s during the fall auction of 2018.
The drawings were created using a technique called “Generative Adversarial Network” or GAN.
The GAN involves feeding thousands of pictures of the same style into the computer until the machine concludes that it has created a new picture that it thinks accurately reflects that style.
“Kaitsuwakaka of Gana Lagoon” was created using the same Gana algorithm in a Japanese style.
The auctioneers put a nominal price on the two pictures. “Katsuwaka” has pre-sales estimates of between $ 8,000 and $ 12,000, while “Le Baron” is priced between $ 20,000 and $ 30,000.
“We don’t expect as big a result as last year,” said Pierre Foutrell, one of the three members of Obre.
“We only want to see if there are people who are ready to buy these prices and if the market will continue to build,” he said.
Moore said the sale of “Portrait of Edmund Bellamy” showed that “there is a market for this new body of work” but it is still “in very early stages.”
“It would be a good indicator where the market is,” he said.
In the Flegeling Artificial Intelligence market, there is clearly not the most demanding group of artists.
not for everyone
Steven Sachs, owner of Bitform Gallery in New York, says his client, Canadian-Mexican artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, has already earned about $ 600,000 for an air artwork.
While Obor’s paintings are definitive, most of Lozano-Hemmer’s works use software to transform in real-time according to each viewer’s perspective figures.
Other prominent AI artists exhibiting their work worldwide include Mario Klingemann from Germany and Turkish-born Rifik Anadol.
Klingemann also creates portraits, sometimes tweaking the input data with voluntary glitches to avoid replication. Anadol mostly uses video to create abstract data-based animations.
Klingemann’s “Memories of Passby I”, a stream of paintings made by a machine, sold in March in Sotheby’s, London, for $ 40,000.
Sachs and several other artists AFP spoke crucially to the “Bellamy” sale last year.
They feel that the painting is not representative of AI’s potential and argue that Oberoi is mimicking other works while they are creating something new.
“For me it was a problem because it was not authentic,” said Sachs, who subscribes to a school of thought that must constantly change the way AI works, usually on-screen.
Some even criticize it for clarifying the notion that AI can create works of art without human intervention.
“An artist chooses. He is light, he is strong. Can a computer do this?” Asks French painter Ronan Barot, who has collaborated with British AI artist Robbie Barratt.
The debate continues. Fattel of Obelt denied that their collective merely imitates other artifacts and sees AI as a “tool” and not an end in itself.
Despite their differences, they all agree that the market for AI pictures is growing and sales of “Bellamy” have drawn attention to bureaucratic technology.
Sotheby’s Moore said, “I don’t think this new genre is for everyone, but I think you’ll start to get the attention of a lot of people who aren’t necessarily art collectors, but in the technology behind AI Very interested. ” .