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An After Dark project robot with Jacob Epstein's The Visitation (1926) at Tate Britain. COURTESY ALEXEY MOSKVIN/TATE BRITAIN/PA

An After Dark project robot with Jacob Epstein’s The Visitation (1926) at Tate Britain.

COURTESY ALEXEY MOSKVIN/TATE BRITAIN/PA 

Marina Abramovic has announced that her memoir will arrive in the fall of 2016, to coincide with her 70th birthday. [New York Times]

The crown of the Siamese King offered in 1861 to Napoleon III in the Château de Fontainebleau was stolen early Sunday morning, March 1, along with around 15 other precious artifacts from eastern Asia. The robbery took less than seven minutes. [The Art Newspaper]

The rarely-seen art collection of Gap founder Donald Fisher and his wife Doris will go on show in Paris next month, beginning at the Grand Palais (April 8-June 22), then traveling to the Musée Granet in Aix-en-Provence (July 11-October 18). “American Icons: Masterworks from SFMoMA and the Fisher Collection” will feature 50 works by 14 artists, and will offer a preview of what is to come when the collection makes its permanent home at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art next year. SFMoMA will open a $365 million expansion specifically designed to showcase the Fisher collection. [The Art Newspaper]

A large-scale bronze telescope by the Scandinavian artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, commissioned by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, will be unveiled in the High Line park in New York next month. However, visitors will not be able to use it, because the sculpture is apparently dysfunctional. [The Art Newspaper]

Photography books sales are soaring, even in the digital age. [Financial Times]

See images from Ellen Gronemeyer’s show, “Sweethearts,” at Kimmerich Gallery in Berlin. [Contemporary Art Daily]

The De Young museum in San Francisco now has two robots that open the museum to those who cannot attend, such as the physically handicapped, via virtual tours. [CBS News]

Richard Taittinger, who used to work for his family’s champagne business, will open his own 5,000-square-foot gallery at 154 Ludlow Street in the Lower East Side in what used to be the music venue the Living Room. The gallery will focus on mid-career artists, and its VIP opening is today. [Wall Street Journal]

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