Matthew Lincoln, PhD Cultural Heritage Data & Info Architecture

Reading the art market with machines

A few months back I had the pleasure of speaking to students at Elon University. I got a chance to talk about some of the ongoing research I’ve been doing with Sandra van Ginhoven on how we can re-read the history of the art market with machines.

From an newspaper article on the talk:

“It’s the kind of thing we can only do because we have this massive data collection effort in the first place,” Lincoln said. “If I leave you with anything at this talk it is to not be afraid of the idea of putting categories on things if you can explain how they got there. If you make all of that available, it allows this kind of work, where you have the originals, you have the modern day way of classifying them, and it lets us apply these techniques that get us not to flatten things but to actually tell that more complicated story and that parallel history that simply wasn’t visible when we were looking at one auctioneer or one sale at a time.”

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Lincoln, Matthew D. "Reading the art market with machines." Matthew Lincoln, PhD (blog), 03 Jun 2019,

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