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Art critic Jerry Saltz: A “Francis Bacon of AI art” will emerge, but today’s work falls flat

Art critic Jerry Saltz: A “Francis Bacon of AI art” will emerge, but today’s work falls flat

[ad_1] Art produced by or with the help of artificial intelligence is more popular than ever, from the record-breaking $432,000 auction of Obvious collective’s Portrait of Edmond Belamy to the overwhelming success of Refik Anadol’s “Unsupervised” exhibit at the MoMA. But one art-world figure decidedly not on board is Jerry Saltz, the seasoned resident art critic of Vulture magazine. Saltz has made no secret of his distaste for AI art, the artists who make it, and the people who flock in line to see or, God forbid, buy it. His scathing reviews have upset many in the tech world, and, in the case of Anadol’s “Unsupervised,” sparked heated back-and-forths on X. “This kind of work, if it were the scale of a regular painting, would be ridiculous,” Saltz tells Big Think. “You’d just laugh at it. It does not have scale so much as it’s big and takes up room. It keeps crowds interested for whole minutes at a time. It gets crowds in.” The 73-year-old critic is well aware of his unpopularity on this …

Insight! Sensitivity! Genius! Our critic picks the top five masterpieces in the National Gallery | Art

Insight! Sensitivity! Genius! Our critic picks the top five masterpieces in the National Gallery | Art

[ad_1] The National Gallery in London is 200 years old on Friday, but what makes it so special? Founded in 1824 when public museums of fine art were in their infancy, it was different from rivals such as the Louvre (founded 1793) and the Prado (1819) because they inherited royal collections. By contrast, the National started from scratch and has intentionally built up the world’s most systematic corpus of European paintings. In that same thoughtful spirit, the gallery and the Guardian have charted a timeline of 20 of its masterpieces. Here are five of those to take you on a trip through 600 years of insight, sensitivity and genius. Photograph: The National Gallery, London A young woman sits on a cushion on the floor, her back against a chest, head in a book. Every detail is so matter-of-fact, from the silk and fur of her clothes to the way her lidded eyes focus exclusively on the illuminated manuscript. She could be studying in a cafe, eyes narrowed against the blaring modern world. But this was …

Russia Critic Kara-Murza Wins Pulitzer for Passionate Columns Written From Prison Cell

Russia Critic Kara-Murza Wins Pulitzer for Passionate Columns Written From Prison Cell

[ad_1] NEW YORK (AP) — Vladimir Kara-Murza, who has written columns as a contributor for The Washington Post from his prison cell in Russia, has won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. Kara-Murza, 42, is a Russian politician, author and historian who has been imprisoned in Russia since April 2022. He was convicted of treason last year for denouncing the war in Ukraine. He is serving 25 years, the most severe sentence given to a Kremlin critic in modern Russia. He is among a growing number of dissidents held in increasingly harsh conditions under President Vladimir Putin’s political crackdown. The prize was awarded to Kara-Murza “for passionate columns written at great personal risk from his prison cell, warning of the consequences of dissent in Vladimir Putin’s Russia and insisting on a democratic future for his country,” according to the Pulitzer announcement on Monday. Kara-Murza wasn’t available to comment on receiving the award because of his imprisonment, The Washington Post reported. His wife, Evgenia Kara-Murza, thanked the newspaper on Monday “for making sure that the voice of …

Spectator theatre critic boasts of using prostitute after arousal at lecturing professor’s “blonde hair” | UK News

Spectator theatre critic boasts of using prostitute after arousal at lecturing professor’s “blonde hair” | UK News

[ad_1] The Spectator’s theatre critic has boasted of visiting a prostitute in an article after he became aroused by a “beautiful historian” giving a lecture. Lloyd Evans was widely condemned for the column – with some asking why it was ever published. In it, he describes heading to Cambridge University for a lecture by Lea Ypi, a professor in political theory, who Mr Evans describes as a “beautiful historian”. While she lectured about Kant and revolutions, Mr Evans said he was “absorbed far more” by her “blonde hair spilling over her shoulders … than her political reflections.” He added: “I was desperate to speak to her afterwards, but I had no way to orchestrate a meeting.” Mr Evans then goes on to write that he headed for the “rougher end of Cambridge” for an “already arranged social rendezvous”. There he met a “petite, black-haired and buxom” woman. More on University Of Cambridge In the piece published by The Spectator entitled ‘My (surprisingly) decent proposal’ he wrote: “I lay naked on the couch and she rubbed …

Solomon Islands election count underway, China critic Suidani regains seat

Solomon Islands election count underway, China critic Suidani regains seat

[ad_1] HONIARA: A prominent Solomon Islands critic of China, the ousted former governor of Malaita province Daniel Suidani, has been reelected, local media reported on Friday (Apr 19), as counting continues in an election being closely watched by China, the US and Australia. The first results in national and provincial elections held in the Solomon Islands are expected to be announced on Friday, as counting continues over the weekend. The national election is the first since Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare struck a security pact with China in 2022 and drew the Pacific Islands nation closer to Beijing, in moves that concerned the US and Australia because of the potential impact on regional security. Suidani, whose new political party U4C also ran candidates in the national election, was reelected to the Malaita provincial assembly, national broadcaster SIBC reported on Friday morning. As governor he had banned Chinese companies from Malaita, the Solomon Islands’ most populous province, and accepted US development aid before being ousted in a no confidence vote last year. Suidani has long suspected China …

Quentin Tarantino No Longer Making ‘The Movie Critic’ as Final Film

Quentin Tarantino No Longer Making ‘The Movie Critic’ as Final Film

[ad_1] Quentin Tarantino is going back to the drawing board for his 10th and final film. The auteur had been preparing to start shooting The Movie Critic this year, but is backing away from the project, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. Tarantino had been honing The Movie Critic for months. Set in 1977 California, it initially drew inspiration from a cynical movie critic that the filmmaker grew up reading. But sources say it morphed along the way into a film that would feature Brad Pitt as Cliff Booth, the stuntman he portrayed in an Oscar-winning performance in Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. It is unclear if this film was going to be a prequel or a 1970s-set sequel to Hollywood. But in recent weeks, Tarantino had a change of heart again and moved away from the film entirely. The project was going to shoot for one day in August to qualify for a $20.5 million California Tax Credit, before it began production in earnest in early 2025. That is now no longer on …

How I silenced my inner critic and became more confident than ever

How I silenced my inner critic and became more confident than ever

[ad_1] Many of us have a voice inside that tells us we’re not good enough – whether that’s good enough for a promotion, a good enough friend or a good enough mother.  When we’ve had an entire lifetime of speaking negatively to ourselves, it can feel impossible to overcome that inner critic, but the good news is, there is a way to silence our own negativity.  Here, psychotherapist Tasha Bailey explains where our inner critic comes from and shares essential advice for silencing that negative voice.  What is an inner critic? Our inner voice is the constant conversation that we have with ourselves through our thoughts. Sometimes, this voice can become a pattern of negative self-talk thanks to our inner critic. Our inner critic is a part of our inner voice which is full of judgement and negativity.   At the best of times, its job is to give us a sense of direction, guidance and motivation towards our goals and the person we’re trying to become. It can be a source of wisdom which …

India’s opposition parties unite in protest over arrest of Modi critic Kejriwal

India’s opposition parties unite in protest over arrest of Modi critic Kejriwal

[ad_1] Indian opposition parties united on Sunday to protest against the arrest of a prominent leader weeks before a national election, accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party of rigging the vote and harassing them with large tax demands. Issued on: 31/03/2024 – 16:21 2 min “Narendra Modi is trying match-fixing in this election,” Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi told a New Delhi rally as the crowd chanted “Shame!” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, a staunch Modi critic, anti-corruption crusader and a high-profile leader of the 27-member “INDIA” opposition bloc, was arrested on March 21 for alleged graft over granting liquor licenses, less than a month before voting starts in a general election widely expected to solidify Modi’s mandate with a rare third term. Read moreSupporters of Modi opponent Kejriwal protest his arrest ahead of Indian election Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party says the case is fabricated and politically motivated. Modi’s government and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) deny political interference and say law enforcement agencies are doing their job. “If the BJP wins this match-fixing …

A critic has some thoughts on our judgy culture. Feel free to disagree

A critic has some thoughts on our judgy culture. Feel free to disagree

[ad_1] Book Review No Judgment: Essays By Lauren OylerHarperOne: 288 pages, $28.99If you buy books linked on our site, The Times may earn a commission from Bookshop.org, whose fees support independent bookstores. Let’s get one thing out of the way: I am extremely, ridiculously sensitive to other people’s judgment, largely because, as the cliche has it, I’m my own harshest critic, and thus magnify anyone else’s criticism to a preposterous degree and use it to prove that my brutal self-evaluation is not only correct but possibly not severe enough. Am I practicing true, sincere “vulnerability” by admitting this? Or am I performing, knowing that in at least some circles there is social capital to be gained through confession? Lauren Oyler, cultural critic and novelist, might say that in sharing this self-knowledge, I’m taking part in our current era’s focus on “the controlled release of intimate details.” I’m especially nervous about being judged by Oyler because she was the first serious editor I worked with as a baby book critic writing for Vice Media’s Broadly a …

Art Critic Roberta Smith to Retire After 32 Years at New York Times

Art Critic Roberta Smith to Retire After 32 Years at New York Times

[ad_1] Roberta Smith, one of the nation’s leading art critics, will step down from her post as co-chief art critic of the New York Times. She had contributed to the Times for 38 years, officially working for the publication for 32 of them, and had been co-chief art critic since 2011. On her Instagram, Smith wrote, “I’ll still contribute short reviews to the Times every couple of months and, if further ideas occur, can also write about those. In my coals-to-Newcastle-life, I will have more time to pursue my number one interest, which is going to galleries and museums, looking at stuff. But this will be the first time since 1972 – with a few breaks — that I won’t have regular writing commitments, which I can barely comprehend.” Related Articles She continued, “I think I can say that art has kept me young – or something close. I look forward to seeing if live music, dance and theater can do the same. We who have art in our lives in any form are incredibly …