William Etty, The Sirens and Ulysses, circa 1837.COURTESY MANCHESTER ART GALLERY

William Etty, The Sirens and Ulysses, circa 1837.

COURTESY MANCHESTER ART GALLERY

The Market

A 59.60-carat pink diamond sold for $71.2 million at Sotheby’s. Fun fact: it took two years to cut it! This story was widely covered, but it feels right to read about it on the website of… [Fox News]

On the occasion of the Dallas Art Fair, here are profiles of Los Angeles dealer Hannah Hoffman and artist Justin Adian, and more. [PaperCity Magazine]

The United States of America

In 2018, the Terra Foundation for American Art will stage Art Design Chicago, “a year-long, multi-institutional exhibition series” focusing on visual culture in the Windy City. [The Art Newspaper]

There is talk of starting an art museum in Las Vegas. “Seems we’ve heard this song before,” Carol Cling writes. “Not that Las Vegas’ cultural boosters could ever ignore the siren call of a major local art museum.” [Las Vegas Review-Journal]

Artists

Mohamad Hafez, who makes breathtakingly detailed sculptures of buildings that have been destroyed in Damascus, currently has a solo show at Lanoue Gallery in Boston. [The New Yorker]

Gala Season

Martha Stewart, Brooke Shields, Naomi Watts, and more attended the New York Academy of Art’s Tribeca Ball, which honored artist Will Cotton. Photos follow below. [Vogue]

Egypt

Egyptian museum projects, which had been halted because of turmoil in the country, are moving forward, though “cash is short.” [The Art Newspaper]

The Talent

Richard Parry, who is the director of the Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool, England, has been tapped as director of the 2018 Glasgow International art festival. [The Art Newspaper]

The Cincinnati Art Museum has hired three curators—Ainsley M. Cameron in South Asian art, Islamic art, and antiquities; Peter Jonathan Bell in European paintings, sculpture, and drawings; and Nathaniel M. Stein in Photography. [ArtFixDaily]

And More

Here are photos of the great Judith Hopf’s current show at Deborah Schamoni in Munich. [Contemporary Art Daily]