My favorite painter is in the news again, but for good reasons. Lior Shamir, a computer scientist at Lawrence Technological University, has developed software that analyzes images and is able to authenticate a painting from 90% to 100% accuracy with the proper training and testing.
As an example, he analyzed 26 Jackson Pollock paintings initially and obtained over 90% accuracy. He then used 26 from earlier in his career to take into account his style changing over time, and was at 100% accuracy.
A controversial figure in both his art and personal life, he continues to fascinate people and keep his paintings alive and in our conversations.
Jackson Pollock, Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist),1950, National Gallery of Art, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund