Sunday Art Brunch: From Sarah Sze's latest artwork at Guggenheim to the expansion of copyright through recent court cases on AI and art


Join us for our Sunday Art Brunch series, where we offer a curated selection of art news and updates from different parts of the world. Our range of topics includes forthcoming exhibitions, market movements, and expert insights on the latest developments in the art industry. Be part of our sophisticated gathering and start your Sunday with style, while staying well-informed about the latest developments in the art world.

Sarah Sze’s latest artwork at the Guggenheim displays time through fascinating and exasperating kaleidoscopic sculptures
Sarah Sze, Things Caused to Happen (Oculus) (2023), installation view | Ph. David Heald | © Solomon R. Guggenheim Founda1on, New York

Sarah Sze's new solo show, "Timelapse," at the Guggenheim is full of various instruments of measurement that we rely on for order in an otherwise orderless world such as rulers, clocks, and metronomes. However, as Artnet reports, in Sze’s hands, they serve an opposite purpose, reminding us only of their own futility. This show presents an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach to art, erecting elaborate sculptures from the most forgettable of materials: wires and rocks and lamps and clamps. Sze’s sculptures are broken up by several large-scale paintings, all of which include collaged elements. The show concludes in a darkened gallery at the end of the Guggenheim’s spiral ramp, where Sze’s work finally takes over to satisfaction with Timekeeper (2016), a sprawling, multisensory installation of flashing lights, stuttering gadgets, and other sundries.

The art world misconceptions in MTV's 'The Exhibit’
Clare Kambhu works on a painting in episode 4 of The Exhibit. Courtesy of Paramount

MTV's reality competition show, The Exhibit, follows seven artists over six weeks, as they compete for a $100,000 prize and a presentation of their work at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. ARTnews examines whether the show succeeds in shedding light on the art world and breaking down stereotypes. While the show provides a familiar critique-style format for artists and judges, there is a lack of competitive spirit among the artists, with few dramatic storylines. Critics also argue that the show cheapens the concept of museum exhibitions as a form of artistic success, without providing a nuanced view of the art world.

An exhibition in New York City honors six modern female artists by the Visionary Art Collective
Left to right: Bri Custer, “Love Me in My Silence” (2023) | Colleen Gleason Shull, “River + Forest” (2023) | Julie Avisar, “Speckled” (2023) | Ekaterina Popova, “Campfire” (2023) | Amanda Hawkins, “May 11, 2022” (2023) | Sarah Boyle, “Trees with Sun Spot” (2023)

The Visionary Art Collective is holding its first in-person exhibition in New York City, titled "The Lens Through Which We See," featuring the work of six contemporary landscape painters who aim to capture the beauty of the natural world while conveying a deeper truth. The exhibition celebrates the land and the artist's interiority while providing a locus for the interplay of perceived reality and personal understanding. Visionary Art Collective is a modern art and artist advancement organization located in New York City. According to Hyperallergic,their goal is to support artists by providing them with various opportunities such as magazine publications, exhibitions, podcast interviews, and training programs. Originally launched as a blog in 2020, VAC has expanded to partner with esteemed curators and art dealers, offering services to thousands of artists internationally.

2023 most popular artists: a data analysis by Artsy
Based on Artsy’s internal data | Courtesy of Artsy

Artsy recently released a report on the most sought-after artists of 2023 so far. As we reach the quarter mark of the year, the art world has already experienced a flurry of activity, including the return of iconic art fairs, the emergence of new talents, and an exciting start to the auction season. On the Artsy platform, we've seen a surge of interest from collectors, institutions, and galleries towards a fresh wave of creatives from all corners of the globe. This report highlights the 20 artists whose popularity has skyrocketed over the first quarter of 2023 compared to the last quarter of 2022. A dominant trend in the art market today is the rise of ultra-contemporary artists, and this report confirms it with only two of the listed artists not falling into that category. Furthermore, it's interesting to note that half of the artists featured are 30 or under, highlighting the appeal of up-and-coming talents in the art world. Enjoy more on Artsy.

Expanding copyright principles through recent court cases on AI and Art
Artificial intelligence: Lawsuits have been launched recently against companies who use AI tools to learn an artist's style | Dmytro Olegovich Zakharchuk | Alamy Stock Photo

Getty Images is reportedly claiming $2tn in damages from AI image generator tool, Stable Diffusion. Tech companies have been using artwork and images across the internet to "train" their AI tools with different themes, moods and styles. The main target for lawsuits has been Stability. The Art Newspaper reports that the copyright issues arise from how and what the AI tool learns from and whether this constitutes copyright infringement. One issue is the protection of AI-generated works themselves, and establishing whether AI-generated works are "original" and thus covered by copyright at all. Who owns the copyright in something created by a machine where there is no "artistic endeavour?" The CryptoPunks characters, randomly generated computer images, illustrate the dilemma.

Written by
Giulia Manca