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Morning Links: Watson as Curatorial Advisor Edition

Watson, looking formidable.COURTESY WATSON FOR PRESIDENT 2016

Watson, looking formidable.

COURTESY WATSON FOR PRESIDENT 2016

Huh?

IBM’s Watson is dropping science about art on view at a museum in Brazil. Among the questions the cognitive computer system can answer, as the brain of paintings being queried: “Do you like to play soccer?” and “Why is love impossible?” [Adweek]

A rich profile (with studio visit!) of Rachel Dolezal, whose controversial racial self-identification caused much collective forehead-slapping in 2015. [The Stranger]

An impressionistic appreciation of 1880s-era paintings by Albert Pinkham Ryder, in which the writer tips his hat to Miami Vice and wonders “Is the snake Satan or just some random snake?” [New York Review of Books]

Collections

All eyes are on a collection of heavy hitters in “Maven of Modernism: Galka Scheyer in California,” now on view in Pasadena. Among the highlights: László Moholy-Nagy, Pablo Picasso, Diego Rivera, and a gorgeous watercolor by Lyonel Feininger. [Los Angeles Times]

Ten classics from the NASA Art Program, founded by the space agency to commission artworks in 1962. [Houston Chronicle]

The record collection of legendary house-music DJ Frankie Knuckles has made its way to Theaster Gates’s Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago. (Too bad the article has Theaster’s name misspelled.) [Spin]

The Criterion Collection released a trailer for its new restoration of Andrei Tarkovsky’s mesmerizing film Stalker. [IndieWire]

Lineage

Art collector Steven Cohen donated $1 million to President Trump’s inauguration. [The Art Newspaper]

Chillin’ with the grandkids of Calder and Miró. [The New York Times]

Lay eyes on some amazing 1920s-50s German buildings, from the exhibition “Otto Bartning: Architect of Social Modernism” in Berlin. [The Guardian]

Look/Touch

Romare Bearden channeled the bayou in collages worth peeping in this slideshow. [The Paris Review]

Touching the art is A-OK at “Liz Nurenberg: Twiddle, Poke, Hold” at Elephant gallery in L.A. [Los Angeles Times]

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