It was referred to by many as a “formless blurring of colors”, an abstract image that resembles a human face but is somewhat abstract. The image is not placed correctly on the canvas. Instead, it is tilted towards the northwest.
This “art piece”: Portrait by Edmond de Belamy, was sold for $432,500 in October 2018. It was an algorithm-generated print. Thus, the AI-Art goldRush began.
Humans have enjoyed all forms of art for their aesthetic, therapeutic, and viewing purposes. The art industry has seen rapid growth and is now a highly lucrative business since discovering an artistic shell made by homoerectus. Leonardo Davinci’s Salvator Mundi sold for $450.3million, making it the most expensive piece of art to date.
It isn’t easy to understand and thrive in this industry. It requires knowledge, experience, and exposure. Arushi Kapoor, 25, is the CEO and co-founder of ARTSop. She is an entrepreneur with all these attributes. Arushi is also her founder. It’s a cultural center and warehouse that is based in Echo Park. Kapoor shares her knowledge about the art industry and how tech and AI influence it in this article.
The way art is created has changed dramatically over the past 100 years. Portable paint tubes allowed artists to paint outside and have sparked an entire generation of breathtaking landscape and horizon paintings. Cameras and software such as Photoshop have revolutionized art creation and enjoyment.
Kapoor, herself a tech-enthusiast, agrees with these advances but insists they have not altered the old meaning of art.
Kapoor says, “I will never forget technology and technological advances.” The technology of all kinds would have prevented me from starting a business and doing the things I have done since 19 in the industry.
She continued, “But, in my personal experience, there is still and always will be a reverence in the hearts and minds of art lovers for handmade art and crafts.” While technological creations are fabulous in aesthetic and utility, paintings and crafts have what I call ‘artistic glory. Art is about human creativity. Technology is an aid to creativity but not a complete replacement.
Kapoor began her journey into the industry when she published “Talking Art”, her first book at age 19. Kapoor’s first book, “Talking Art”, was her debut in the industry. It showed that art was more than a passing interest. Kapoor was raised in India, Europe, and the USA. This multicultural exposure has influenced her understanding and knowledge of art.
Kapoor is also the director of Arushi (a US-based venture), the first to present an all-Indian art exhibition, “Art of India Reclaiming The Present”.
ArtSop Consulting is a part of Arushi. It provides private art consulting for people all over the globe and buys and sells art for clients in secondary markets. ArtSop also represents the primary artists featured in Arushi’s art warehouse.
Kapoor is also an investor in technology. He has done extensive research and invested capital in AI-driven startups that are advancing art tech.
Kapoor says that AI and art have been met with mixed reactions.
She says that she has not yet seen any exceptional artworks made by AI. “I believe there will always be some human intervention needed to create park art. DeviantArt, an AI tool that helps find stolen artworks was something I heard recently. It is fantastic, and I believe that AI can have a positive effect on the art world.
The AI-generated Portrait of Edmond de Belamy is a success, which seems to have led to a number of AI art creations. These AI art creations are all looking to capitalize on the AI intrigue of high-end art lovers.
20 prints were part of the “Faceless Portraits Transcending Time” exhibition at Chelsea’s HG Contemporary gallery. It was a show of contemporary New York art, and it was an excellent opportunity to see some of these prints.
This development is not surprising to Kapoor, the CEO of ARTSop. Her MO has always highlighted emerging female contemporary artists in India and elsewhere who don’t have a platform for their work. Lindsay Dawn, a local artist, was featured in her first exhibition at her “Invite Only” warehouse in Los Angeles. Kapoor believes in real art and should celebrate it.
Kapoor says that if AI prints are sold for large amounts, it could de-incentivize human creativity and creation.”
It is easy to see a future in which artists create less because they don’t have a platform to sell their work at the speed technology is accepted in all industries. Along with other galleries and art companies, ‘Arushi” hopes to find a balance to allow both types of art to co-exist in the future. The current acceptance of non-manmade artworks isn’t widespread. I believe there will always be art lovers who love artificial paintings, or maybe both.
Artificial Intelligence was not initially used to create art but rather as an impersonator. Style transfer is a technique that uses deep neural networks to develop, reproduce and blend styles. It also teaches the AI how to recognize existing art pieces. Alexandra Squire is an excellent example of how it isn’t easy to replicate the human process of creating art. Squire believes that art is a universal language with many meanings. She focuses on art that is substantial and open to interpretation, rich in texture and depth.
AI will continue to be used in art and other creative fields. Creators have discovered value in artificial intelligence, from Anna Riddler’s AI-generated blooming Tulip videos to “1 The Road”, an AI-written book.
So, the question is: Is AI the future for the art industry? Kapoor agrees with her sentiment on the pertinent question.
Kapoor states, “The optimistic view is that artificial Intelligence evolves into an even greater tool for existing creators in order to enhance, discover, and replicate their works.” All of us hope that our technologies will help us and not replace us.
Kapoor’s vision of the future art and AI is the most realistic and desirable. Art lovers have a strong belief that machines cannot produce art in the true sense of the word.
This sentiment is partially true, as AI has so far only shown the ability to understand and study existing art, then somehow combine it to create something new and better.