Artists Hijack MoMA with AR Art Exhibition

The artist Damjanski , who we recently wrote about for his post-apocalyptic, sans-human iPhone app Bye Bye Camera , is at it again, this time with his MoMAR artist collective at the newly renovated MoMA, with a guerrilla AR art show in the Estée and Joseph Lauder Gallery (for … | Continue reading | 22 days ago

Augmenting Creativity – Decoding AI and Generative Art

I am thrilled and honored to announce that Artnome will be curating an exhibition titled Augmenting Creativity - Decoding AI and Generative Art at Nanjing University this November, 2019. In preparing an exhibition in a country I have never been to and whose language I do not … | Continue reading | 27 days ago

An Interview with Art Forger Robert J.C. Driessen

Foreword by Jason Bailey I probably have more in common with notorious art forger Robert J.C. Driessen than I do with most blue chip art collectors: We both grew up dreaming of being artists, and we were both deeply disappointed to discover the art world is not designed to supp … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Tabula Rasa – Rethinking the intelligence of machine minds

Foreword By Jason Bailey “ While rationalism would say that the machine learns emotions from the training data, romanticism instead poses that they are innate. ” - David Young “ In addition to memories from a long-distant conscious past, completely new thoughts and creative id … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Can AI Art Authentication Put an End to Art Forgery?

In June of 2006, Christie’s auction house put the 1927 painting La Horde by artist Max Ernst on the cover of the catalog for their evening sale of Impressionist and Modern art. Typically the catalog cover is reserved for the most exciting work in the sale, and Christie’s was ce … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Collecting in the Age of Digital Reproduction – By Casey Reas

Forward by Jason Bailey I have a handful of people I consider personal heroes in the world of generative art. Casey Reas (along with Ben Fry) is at the top of that list for inventing the Processing programming language. Through Processing, Reas and Fry put the ability to … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Breeding Paintings with Machine Learning

This week at the Ars Electronica festival for art and technology in Linz, Austria, Artnome friend and artist Alexander Reben will be debuting a photo booth that mixes faces together in latent space. Reben calls the project Latent Face , and according to him, “It looks … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Generative Photography – An Interview with Gottfried Jäger

Forward by Jason Bailey It may be hard to believe, but there was a time in the not too distant past when photography was viewed with as much prejudice and suspicion by the the art world as digital art is today. Many believed that because photography involved chemicals and machin … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

The Generative Portraiture of Espen Kluge

“The force of art lies in its immediate influence on human psychology and in its active contagiousness.” - Naum Gabo | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Collecting Art by Women: Wise Investment or Last Resort?

The team behind Sotheby’s Mei Moses Index recently published a report showing that over the past six years, works by female artists that have returned to auction have seen price gains of 72.9% versus 8.3% for works by men. | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Robbie Barrat Interview at Christie's with Artnome

Artnome has two missions: Improve the art historical record through better data to help fight against forgery. Highlight work by artists who deserve more attention, including artists working with tech and artists from underrepresented communities. Thanks to my good frie … | Continue reading | 4 months ago

Machine Learning for Art – Deep Kitsch or Creative Augmentation?

Machine learning is at its best when used as a tool for augmenting human capabilities, not for replacing them. And while we may not all be able to build our own machine learning models from scratch, new tools like Runway ML and Joel Simon’s forthcoming Artbreeder are opening … | Continue reading | 4 months ago

Bye Bye Camera – An App for the Post-Human Era

In a climate where endless hype has people paranoid about AI stealing humans’ jobs, a new app called Bye Bye Camera uses neural networks to eradicate humans from the world altogether. Bye Bye Camera simply removes people from photos and fills in the background. The app is b … | Continue reading | 4 months ago

Famous Artists Brought to Life with AI

I’m working on a longer article about democratizing AI for artists, but in the process of writing that article, I started using Runway ML and Jason Antic’s deep learning project DeOldify to colorize old black-and-white photos of artists - I couldn’t stop. So I decided to shar … | Continue reading | 6 months ago

Solving Art's Data Problem – Part One, Museums

I recently came back from a conference in Bahrain that focused on, among other things, artificial intelligence and machine learning in art. I am as excited as anybody about the potential to apply these new tools to art and art history, but we do not have all that much data about … | Continue reading | 6 months ago

Giving Generative Art Its Due

I have long dreamed of attending an art exhibition that presented the full range of generative art starting with early analog works of the late 1950s and ranging all the way up to new AI work we have seen in just the last few years. To my knowledge, no such show has ever existed. … | Continue reading | 7 months ago

Autoglyphs, Generative Art Born on the Blockchain

If you are a regular Artnome reader, you know we are big on blockchain and generative art . So of course I was super excited when my good friends Matt Hall and John Watkinson of CryptoPunks fame gave me a sneak peek of Autoglyphs , their new project which creates ol … | Continue reading | 7 months ago

Autoglyphs, Generative Art Born on the Blockchain

If you are a regular Artnome reader, you know we are big on blockchain and generative art . So of course I was super excited when my good friends Matt Hall and John Watkinson of CryptoPunks fame gave me a sneak peek of Autoglyphs , their new project which creates ol … | Continue reading | 7 months ago

Artists Create “Infinite Skulls” Using GANs

It is early in the year, but the most compelling show for art and tech in 2019 may already be happening. AI artist and Artnome favorite Robbie Barrat has teamed up with renowned French painter Ronan Barrot for a fascinating show that lives somewhere in the margin between collab … | Continue reading | 9 months ago

2019 Art Market Predictions: A “Moore's Law” for Diversity in the Art World

I’m a little late on my art market predictions this year, but I had too much fun with my 2018 art market predictions to keep my crystal ball in the closet. This year, I go deep on two trends that I think will dramatically transform the art market, not only in 2019, but for the … | Continue reading | 9 months ago

Rembrandt and Van Gogh Mastered the Art of the Selfie

I recently read that the average millennial will take an astronomical 25,000 selfies in their lifetime — almost one per day. This got me thinking about the history of selfies. Before the invention of the camera, artists were the only ones capable of making selfies (I know, what … | Continue reading | 10 months ago

Painted Portraits Inspired by Neural Net Trained on Artist’s Facebook Photos

I’ve come to learn that if a person can run neural networks and has deep interest in art, they are probably a pretty creative and interesting person. Australian artist Liam Ellul is no exception. Ellul recently shared a new portrait series he working on called Just Tell Me Who … | Continue reading | 10 months ago

DeepDream Creator Unveils Very First Images After Three Years

In May of 2015, Alex Mordvintsev’s algorithm for Google DeepDream was waaay ahead of its time. In fact, it was/is so radical that its “time” may still never come. DeepDream produced a range of hallucinogenic imagery that would make Salvador Dali blush. And for a month or so, it … | Continue reading | 10 months ago

Artist Cryptograffiti Sets Auction Record for Least Expensive Art

“I’m excited about a future where micropayments are omnipresent. Artists paid by the view, writers by the poem, musicians by the listen.” - Cryptograffiti In a recent auction designed to sell to the lowest bidder, artist “ Cryptograffiti ” sold his elegant work Black Swan , a … | Continue reading | 10 months ago

New Data Shows Why Van Gogh Changed His Color Palette

When most people think of Van Gogh, the first color that comes to mind is a warm, radiant, golden yellow. Yellow sunflowers, yellow fields of grain, even the yellow moon in Starry Night . But Van Gogh’s paintings did not start out that way. As late as 1885, roughly halfway thr … | Continue reading | 10 months ago

Machine Learning Art: An Interview with Memo Akten

Memo Akten, Learning to see: We are made of star dust (#2), 2017 “A deep neural network making predictions on live camera input, trying to make sense of what it sees, in context of what it’s seen before. It can see only what it already knows, just like us. Trained on images from … | Continue reading | 11 months ago

AI Artists Expose “Kinks” in Algorithmic Censorship

Tumblr recently announced that they no longer tolerate adult content on their sites. This is problematic for artists and art historians because social media and blogging platforms have proven to be lousy at discerning nudity in art from nudity in pornography. As a result, platf … | Continue reading | 11 months ago

Why Bigger Isn’t Always Better with GANs and AI Art

AI art using GANs (generative adversarial networks) is new enough that the art world does not understand it well enough to evaluate it. We saw this unfold last month when the French artists’ collective Obvious stumbled into selling their very first AI artwork for $450K at Chris … | Continue reading | 11 months ago

AI Art just got awesome

As a self-styled digital art aficionado who works for a machine learning startup, I have been waiting for years for AI (artificial intelligence) to yield something miraculous in the field of art. But instead, all I have seen is generic style transfers that allow you to make a pho … | Continue reading | 11 months ago

AI Artist Gives “Perfect” Ted Talk as Cyborg

There has been a lot of talk about AI (artificial intelligence) in the media over the last few months, but there are still a lot of signs that most people don’t really understand it. For example, 90% of people polled in a recent survey believe that “up to half of jobs would b … | Continue reading | 12 months ago

Inventing the Future of Art Analytics

This week, Christie’s will be auctioning one of the most important collections of American art, the Barney A. Ebsworth collection. The collection is valued at $300M and is brimming with work by artists like Georgia O’Keeffe and Edward Hopper, whom most of us feel like we know … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

Is Art Blockchain’s Killer App?

I wrote my first article on blockchain and art almost a year ago. Bitcoin has plummeted by 64% and Ethereum by 86% over that same period. Once thought to be a promising new way to fund new ideas and startups, ICOs (initial coin offerings) are now viewed with extreme skepticism, … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

The Truth Behind Christie’s $432K AI Art Sale – Exclusive Artist Interview

Christie’s just sold the first piece of AI art to be offered at a major auction house for $432,500. The piece was consigned by Obvious, a group of three friends from France with no formal art training. There have been a lot of questions surrounding the creation of the work sold … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

Collective Behind Christie’s AI Art Tells All

From 1770 to 1854, a device billed as an autonomous chess-playing machine called the “mechanical turk” toured the world, defeating the likes of Napoleon Bonaparte and Benjamin Franklin. The machine was a hoax. There was a highly skilled human chess master sitting inside making al … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

The AI Art at Christie’s Is Not What You Think

This month, Christie’s will become the first auction house to bring a piece of AI (artificial intelligence) art to auction. The work is titled Portrait of Edmond Belamy and it is by the French artist collective Obvious. This story has captured the public’s imagination and has … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

Myth Busting Banksy – an engineering perspective

The recent incident around Banksy embedding a shredder into the frame of his Girl With A Balloon has caught the world’s attention. As a nerd obsessed with the intersection of art and tech, I too was sucked in over the weekend in trying to unravel the mysteries behind Banksy’s … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

Quantifying Mark Rothko

Yesterday was Mark Rothko’s birthday, and I wanted to celebrate by sharing some stats from the Artnome database on one of my favorite artists. Born on September 26th, 1903, Mark Rothko would be 115 years old today. Though he tragically cut his own life short at the age of 63, R … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

Why Love Generative Art?

Over the last 50 years, our world has turned digital at breakneck speed. No art form has captured this transitional time period - our time period - better than generative art. Generative art takes full advantage of everything that computing has to offer, producing elegant and com … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

Art World Meets Blockchain at Christie's

The blockchain revolution is largely about taking money and power away from large, established, centralized institutions and moving towards a more decentralized model. Bitcoin, the best-known use case for blockchain, cuts out banks and credit card agencies by decentralizing … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

How Can We 10x Global Creativity?

I just accepted an official advisory role with the drawing-based social platform because I believe with our help they can 10x our global creativity. Here is why I believe this. We have greater than 15x  the world population than we had during the Renaissance. Mo … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

Quantifying Abstraction in Art: Mondrian

Much has been written about Piet Mondrian's journey into abstraction, so rather than rehash what has already been written, we decided to quantify abstraction across Mondrian's career as an artist. Thanks to Artnome’s Digital Collections Analyst, Kaesha Freyaldenhoven , the comp … | Continue reading | 1 year ago