A is for a year of getting to grips with artificial intelligence (AI) for artists—as for everyone else.
B is for contracts on the blockchain for physical art, promoted by the platforms Arcual, Artclear and Fairchain.
C is for the late Harold Cohen, the AI art pioneer with a show at the Whitney Museum, New York, in 2024.
D is for DALL-E, the all-encompassing image generator from OpenAI (see also S is for Sam Altman).
G is for Gabriel Massan, Brazilian digital artist and breakout star with Madonna and at Serpentine Galleries.
I is for Instagram, compelled by European law to show how and why it has “shadowbanned” artists.
J is for the jobs under threat, of illustrators and photographers, from the spread of AI-generated art.
K is for Agnieszka Kurant, one of 13 artists who had NFTs acquired by the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
L is for the first LG Guggenheim Award, given in May to the New York AI art pioneer Stephanie Dinkins.
M is for MoMA, home to the MoMA Postcard NFT project (see also R for Refik Anadol).
O is for Outernet, the giant 360-degree London screen that hosted Marco Brambilla’s video Heaven’s Gate.
P is for Pablo Valbuena, whose St Paul’s Cathedral light piece, Aura, shone at the London Design Festival.
Q is for quantum art: art and quantum mechanics combined at particle level. The next (very small) thing?
R is for the AI artist Refik Anadol, whose installations drew queues at Art Dubai, Art Basel and MoMA.
S is for Sam Altman, and his shock dismissal (then return) as head of the all-conquering OpenAI (see also D for DALL-E).
T is for TikTok, and how Sotheby’s went viral on the platform with its Freddie Mercury rock-star sale.
U is for U2. The band launched the 160,000 sq. ft wraparound screen at the $2.3bn Sphere, in Las Vegas.
V is for Vesuvius Challenge for using AI to read ancient documents from the Villa dei Papiri (see also X for X-ray).
W is for William Holman Hunt, channelled by Daniel Ambrosi in his AI-enhanced photo Dreamscapes.
X is for X-ray spectroscopy,used to scan inside carbonised scrolls from the Villa dei Papiri, Herculaneum.
Y is for layoffs at Yuga Labs, creators of the Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs.
Z is the middle letter in Tezos, the ubiquitous art-world blockchain.