Economist David W. Galenson applied statistical analysis to avant-garde painting and reported the results in Painting Outside the Lines: Patterns of Creativity in Modern Art (Harvard University Press). An intriguing proposition, one would think, but “if he were dropped into a crowd of art historians, Mr. Galenson could not get arrested,” says Scott McLemee in this entertaining review.

- Meredith Tromble [Saturday, April 20th, 2002]


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