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Emmanuel Macron is not the only one seeking to spread the good word to the US. More than a century earlier, in a totally different sphere from free trade (and then again…), Mary Cassatt worked to promote a burgeoning Impressionism there, aided by the Paris dealer Paul Durand Ruel. Born in Pennsylvania, the "painter of mothers and children" chose to live in the French capital, only returning to her native America for brief stays, when she galvanised her powerful network to support Degas and Monet in particular. Paris finally pays tribute to her with an exhibition at the Musée Jacquemart-André, curated by a Franco-American duo. On the other side of the "pond", two European fairs, the UK's Frieze and TEFAF from the Netherlands, will be calling the tunes in the New York art market. Making the trip the other way, a pair of young contemporary art gallery owners, based until now in Los Angeles, have landed in Paris to open a second gallery. Meanwhile, the events of May 68, which France is poised to commemorate in exhibitions and the auction room, struck fear at the time as far away as Berkeley University. So it seems that the Old and New Worlds still have things to talk about… culturally speaking, at least.

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Frieze's large, winding marquee is returning to Randall's Island for its seventh edition. As the group announces an extension in Los Angeles for 2019, we wonder where the British invasion is going to stop… Victoria Siddall, director of Frieze Fairs, puts it clearly: "Our exhibitors are a mix of the world's leading galleries and the most prominent newcomers from New York and elsewhere. Frieze New York features a highly varied selection, from blue-chips to emerging artists." All in all, 190 galleries from 30 countries. The heavyweights include New York names like 303 Gallery, Acquavella, Peter Blum, Tanya Bonakdar, Gagosian, Marian Goodman, Hauser & Wirth and Lehmann Maupin. New galleries worth discovering, especially those in the Focus sector (which get a 20% discount on the stand price) include PM8 (Vigo), showing Algirdas Seskus (well represented at the last Documenta), and Drei (Cologne), which will unveil the work of Tiril Hasselknippe, selected this year for the New Museum Triennial…


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On the menu for this edition: a selection of the most tempting sales in May and June, with the latter looking particularly propitious in modern painting, objets d'art and natural history objects. A mouthwatering preview.



The previously-announced battle of the Wyoming dinosaurs has now taken place! The peaceful diplodocus was the winner, beating the Allosaurus by a short head: €1,443,820 for the former, and €1,407,700 for the latter...



Subodh Gupta is moving into the Monnaie de Paris (Paris Mint) for his first ever retrospective in France, entitled "Adda/Rendez-vous". A chance to talk to the Indian contemporary art star about the spiritual and political forces at work in his output.



Mary Cassatt was not only a great artist, but also played a crucial role in the promotion of French art across the Atlantic. She was well-known in American high society and had connections with its wealthiest art lovers, giving them advice and encouraging them to buy works by not only the "1830 painters" but also the Impressionists, starting with Degas.



When Robbie Fitzpatrick throws himself into a new venture, he doesn't do things by halves. After five years directing a contemporary art gallery in Los Angeles with his colleague Alex Freedman, he has decided to open a second gallery in the French capital, not far from the Centre Pompidou. So, Paris is back?



We all know of Bleu Klein, but almost a century earlier, another French creator gave his name to a shade of blue, this time turquoise: Théodore Deck. As the Musée Roybet-Fould in the Paris suburb Courbevoie devotes an exhibition to the artist for the first time since 1980, we look back at the career of one of the stars of ceramics from the market angle.



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