Art in Print

London Bridges Are Lighting Up

In what will be the largest scale permanent public art project that any city has undertaken, “Illuminated River” will light the Thames River transforming it into a majestic spectacle. Hannah Rothschild, chairwoman at the Illuminated River Foundation, described the river as a ‘black snake’ and the initiative is part of a larger move to match other international metropoles with a vibrant night-time economy. Six finalists have been selected and the winner will be announced on 8 December, with the project beginning in 2018.
Via: The New York Times

Magic Carpets: the art of Faig Ahmed’s melted and pixellated rugs

Faig Ahmed works with an unusual medium; the artist creates carpet art that has gone on to be coveted around Europe and the US. However, carpets have historically been used as a means of political expression, which perhaps begins to demystify Ahmed’s choice of canvas. These are not just floor rugs, Ahmed’s works belong on walls.
Via The Guardian

Paintings to Watch at the New York Auctions


 With art sales continuing to shrink, collectors are reluctant to give up their prized pieces whilst auction houses look to more inventive marketing strategies. Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Philips are offering one of the smallest batches of work at this week’s New York auctions. Sellers include Tommy Hilfiger, with five works up for auction at Philips, as well as Eric Clapton and publishing executive Peter Brant.
Via: The Wall Street Journal

In the Shadow of Art Basel and Frieze

Artissima, Italy’s best known contemporary art fair, featured 193 dealers many of whom were international exhibiters. However, the fair stood in the shadow of Art Basel and Frieze and now experts are questioning if Artissima could do more. The “budget friendly” price point of the sales failed to excite international galleries like Gagosian, Pace, David Zwirner and White, all of which did not participate in the fair. It is also suggested that Artissima could expand its definition of ‘contemporary’ to attract more foreign visitors.
Via: The New York Times