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  • Sotheby’s will offer Pablo Picasso’s Femme au béret et à la robe quadrillée (Marie-Thérèse Walter) (1937) in its Impressionist and Modern art evening auction in London on 28 February, estimated at £36.5m.
  • The economist Don Thompson, author of “The $12 million stuffed shark” releases his new book, ”The Orange Balloon Dog,” in the UK.
  • New York-based artist Will Ryman is making three large-scale and site-specific installations for the historic Parc de la Villette for Festival 100%.
  • Scholars and dealers has signed an open letter criticizing the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent (Belgium) for displaying possible fakes purportedly by Russian avant-garde artists.
  • Edouard Carmignac, head of the French investment fund Carmignac Gestion, is to open a privately-run sculpture park and space is due to open on an island off the south coast of France on 1 June.
  • Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island located in San Francisco Bay will host a vast new public art space, with private developers having to set aside 1% of construction costs for public art, with Ai Weiwei, Pae White, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Antony Gormley among the high-profile shortlisted artists.
  • A four-story mural of a penis by artist Carolina Falkholt, on a Broome Street building in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, was removed after complaints from neighbors. Revealed to the public on December 24, it was removed by December 27.
  • David Zwirner will open in 2020 a five-story $50 million gallery located on a corner lot at 540 West Twenty-First Street, to be designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, his fourth space in New York.
  • The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in Dhahran, also known as Ithra, the Saudi kingdom’s largest cultural center and will be dedicated to promoting the arts and heritage of Saudi Arabia, will open in summer 2018.
  • Marfa Contemporary, a cultural nonprofit based in Marfa, Texas, has announced that it is permanently closing its doors.
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that it has changed its admissions policy, which as of March 1 requires non–New Yorkers to pay a fixed entry fee of 25$, replaying its current “pay-as-you-wish” policy.
  • Italian sculptor Mauro Staccioli, famous for his monumental sculptural works—geometric forms in cement-lined iron—passed away on January 1, 2018, aged 80, in his Milan home.
  • A New York court has ruled that Dmitry Rybolovlev can use confidential Sotheby’s documents in an imminent lawsuit in the UK and in Switzerland against Yves Bouvier. According to the Russian magnate’s lawyer, Sotheby’s assisted the Swiss dealer by providing documents that encouraged Rybolovlev to purchase works at “grossly inflated” prices.
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Artcurial: Limited Edition & Pierre Soulages, graveur
December 13, 2017: Artcurial – 7 rond-point des Champs-Élysées 75008 Paris

The sale “Limited Edition & Pierre Soulages, engraver” of December 13 at Artcurial totaled 1,302,860 euros. The sale presents several lithographs and engravings of one of the most important living French artists. Known for his black works, this sale demonstrates the immensity and diversity of Soulages’ work. All his works are sold including the lot n°3, eau-forte IV of 1957 estimated 10,000-15,000 euros which reached the highest price at 33,800 euros. The sale also features lithographs by contemporary artists such as David Hockney and Francis Bacon as well as moderns such as Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall…. Link

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  • LA FRATRIE: January 17 – March 03, 2018: La Fratrie – Archi Porn (Solo Show) Shool Gallery Paris | Olivier Castaing
  • YASUAKI ONISHI: October 27, 2017 – February 18, 2018: On the art of building a teahouse – Neues Museum Nuremberg (Germany).
  • PAA JOE: October 20, 2017 – Febrary 25, 2018: Malick Sidibé Mali Twist – Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain (Paris).
  • YASUAKI ONISHI: May 2018: Reverse of volume Arte Sella – Bolgo Valsugana Italy.

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