AI-generated artwork controversially wins award at US State Fair

Game designer Jason Allen won first place at the Colorado State Fair art competition with a work he made using an artificial intelligence image generator. Allen’s controversial victory has sparked fury online, as human artists yet again fear for the future of their profession. “We’re watching the death of artistry unfold before our eyes,” despaired one Twitter user in reaction to the announcement.

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A “jewel” in the University of Michigan Library’s collection – a Galileo manuscript – proved to be a fake

Last week, the University of Michigan released a surprising statement, saying that one of the highlights of their collection is, in fact, a fake. They have realised that a single manuscript leaf, which entered their collection in 1938 and has been presumed, since then, to be an authentic work by the Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), was likely made in the early twentieth century by the infamous and prolific fraudster Tobia Nicotra.

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New legislation for artworks with Nazi-looted provenance in New York institutions

New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced last week that she had signed new legislation introduced by Senator Anna Kaplan and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic to ensure younger generations have a greater awareness of the events of the Holocaust. One element of this legislation specifies that museums in New York must “prominently” display a placard on some other type of signage indicating when a work of art was stolen by the Nazis.

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