The AI-Art Gold Rush Is Here

Ian Bogost on 2019-03-06

An artificial-intelligence “artist” got a solo show at a Chelsea gallery. Will it reinvent art, or destroy it?

AI-generated “faceless portraits” by Ahmed Elgammal and AICAN. Photo: Artrendex Inc./The Atlantic

The images are huge and square and harrowing: a form, reminiscent of a face, engulfed in fiery red-and-yellow currents; a head emerging from a cape collared with glitchy feathers, from which a shape suggestive of a hand protrudes; a…