This is about a very interesting, though quite controversial at the same time, project of David Galenson, economic historian at the University of Chicago: quantifying 20th century artwork based on market and visual citations. While I think his proxies for art quality can be debated, Galenson is clearly onto something important-- and that despite the fact that I do not take Clement Greenberg's statement (used as motto within Galenson's forthcoming book) ad litteram (though I am also far from a 100% disagreement with it): "Quality in art is not just a matter of private experience. There is a consensus of taste."
- the (preliminary) chapters of Galenson's new book, "And Now for Something Completely Different: Conceptual Revolutions in Twentieth-Century Art", as NBER articles.
- the 8 top artworks of the 20th century (hail Picasso and Duchamp!), according to Galenson (described in more detail in chapter 3 of his forthcoming book).
- official website and link to Galenson's previous book, on the life cycles of artistic creativity (obviously very much related to his new project)