Morning Links: Adam Edition



Scientists at Rutgers University are developing software that determines “which artists influenced others.” The program scans digital images and “identifies paintings that share visual elements, suggesting that the earlier painting’s artist influenced the later one.” The software will “be a tool [for] art historians, so it can help them do their job.” [The Washington Post]

A federal judge has approved Detroit’s plan to exit bankruptcy, effectively saving the city-owned portion of the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts by placing it in a bankruptcy-proof trust. [The New York Times]

Opponents of the proposed Frick expansion say the museum is going back on a promise made almost 40 years ago to make a permanent garden. [The New York Times]

Arts patron Ina Ginsburg has died at 98. [The New York Times]

Bart De Baere, the director of the M HKA, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp, has been named the curator of the 2016 edition of the Moscow Biennial. [Artforum]

After a decade of restoration work, the Met’s statue of Adam by Tullio Lombardo, which shattered in a brutal fall, is going back on view at the museum. [The New York Times]

Sheikh Saud bin Mohammed Al-Thani of Qatar, one of the world’s biggest art collectors, died on Sunday at his home in London at age 48. “The cause of his death has not been announced, although it is believed to have been from natural causes.” [The Art Newspaper]

Meet Amy Li, the 28-year-old curator of a space in her father’s Chinatown button shop. ““It’s a very precious space,” [Photographer Donna] Ferrato said. “It is tiny but has a lot of mood and power. Amy has her own stamp on it. No investors are intruding on her vision.” [The Wall Street Journal]

“Where to Sell Your Masterpiece?” You don’t need to read this piece but there’s a fascinating chart about the growth of private sales at auction houses. Private sales now account for almost 20 percent of all sales at both houses! [The Wall Street Journal]

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