– Perrotin to Open Manhattan Branch: Galerie Perrotin, one of France's top contemporary-art galleries, will open a New York branch in 2013. The Paris-based gallery, which already has a space in Hong Kong, represents 35 artists including Takashi Murakami and Maurizio Cattelan. Perrotin will share his new building — a landmarked former bank located at 909 Madison Avenue — with the new Dominique Levy Gallery, run by the former L&M Arts partner. "New York remains the capital of the art market, and it is key that we are a part of it," said Perrotin.
– Banksy's Former Dealer Builds an Asylum Across From Frieze: For his latest trick, street art dealer and showman Steve Lazarides is recreating a mental hospital in London, filling the Old Vic Tunnels with nightmarish art from Banksy and Antony Micallef, among others. "I really think of this as the complete antithesis of the Frieze Art Fair," he said. Among the works on view through October 21 are an installation featuring a three-hour film used by neuroscientists of an eyeball and a spinning chair, based on an old therapy for mental illness.
– Sugar Sculptor Joins Royal Society: The Bangor-based sugar cube sculptor Brendan Jamison — whose oeuvre includes a 71,908-sugar cube rendering of Tate Modern — recently became the first artist working with his chosen material to be elected to the prestigious Royal British Society of Sculptors. "It is a great honour to join the ranks of Sir Anthony Caro and the many other sculptors across the UK who have made such significant advances in the field of sculpture and education," Jamison said.