Works for Me

A recommendation engine takes on fine art

Robert Mann Gallery

Holly Andres. Amber, 2006. $2,750 Robert Mann Gallery

When it comes to indulging our tastes, the Web has always been happy to oblige. Love Radiohead? Pandora will stream that band's songs and Thom Yorke knockoffs all day long. Hitchcock? Netflix will suggest suspense movies that you might like even more. Books, food, potential romantic partners--recommendation engines have most people's lives pretty well covered. But can a new website help the well-to-do figure out what to hang over their Noguchi coffee tables?

"The art world is a very intimidating and elitist place," says Carter Cleveland, a 25-year-old computer-science major whose start-up,, aims to pry open the rarefied world of...

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