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These eerie portraits were painted by a very disturbed AI


After all, the piece, entitled Faceless Portrait #5, was made by artificially intelligence. It's part of a series entitled Faceless Portraits Transcending Time on display at HG Contemporary in New York. So what does a machine know about mortality? That depends largely on how it's programmed. The technical artist behind the effort is a neural network dubbed AICAN, short for Artificial Intelligence Creative Adversarial Network.

National Portrait Gallery Unveils Obama Portraits

U.S. News

Barack Obama's portrait was painted by Kehinde Wiley -- an artist best known for his vibrant, large-scale paintings of African-Americans. For Michelle Obama's portrait, the gallery commissioned Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald, first-prize winner of the Portrait Gallery's 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.

Redditors share portraits of their dogs posing majestically for the camera


Our canine companions are meant to be our best friends, and yet they are increasingly dominating in an array of disparate, un-dog like fields; killing it as skateboarders, surfers and even distinctly amoral (yet undeniably cute) thieves. SEE ALSO: Watch a firefighter save a dog's life by giving it CPR Case in point: A recent trend on the "Aww" subreddit has seen users uploading portraits of their dogs posing for snaps while flaunting the controlled grace of decorated models -- putting your average human's selfie to shame. Check out the following choice highlights of dogs nailing their portraits, and try to keep your jealousy in check.

An Australian Photographer's Dreamy Portraits of Mothers and Their Children in Quarantine

The New Yorker

The pandemic has caused parents and children across the globe to live confined in their homes. They've lost the structure of school and day care, the support of friends and community, the diversion of activities and responsibilities outside of the home. To capture families in their newly circumscribed lives, the Australian artist Lisa Sorgini has been working on a photo series, titled "Behind Glass," showing women and their children in their homes in New South Wales. The project expands on Sorgini's ongoing portraits of mothers and their children. Now she shoots from outside her subjects' houses, using the window as a framing device.