AI artist who won competition says art world is ‘in denial’ about the tech

Jason Allen recently read a fire under the art world. The Colorado-based artist used AI software to create art, submitted it to the State Fair fine arts competition, and took first prize. The event attracted widespread attention, with Allen’s work being covered in outlets like the New York Times and Washington Post, and sparking a debate on social media that, needless to say, veered from the sophisticated to the unhinged.

“Yes, it has been a crazy week with everything that is happening,” says Allen, the man in the middle of this intersection of culture and technology. “There has been a lot of love from the community but also a lot of hate, I have been receiving some hate mail.”

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