Weekly Roundup

Our favourite art world images from the week
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. 
 
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.
 
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 David Bowie collection at Sotheby’s exceeded expectations by over double, leading experts to question whether this is because of Bowie’s celebrity status or market forces. The art sale at raises £32.9 million.
 
Curator Jens Hoffman brings together a museum quality exhibition that considers animals in art at Marian Goodman. The exhibition is called  Animality: A Fairy Story and is on until 17 December.
 
 Argentinian artist Julio Le Parc is widely considered a pioneer of Op Art and Kinetic Art. At 88 years old the artist gets his first museum survey at Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) and two incredible solo shows at Galeria Nara Roesler and Galerie Perrotin.
 
 As the Van Gogh mystery unfolds, further details have cast more suspicion on the authenticity of the sketch turning this into one of the biggest art controversies in recent years. The Van Gogh Museum has said they first came across the notebook in 2013, and believe it to be an imitation finding the sketches to be “monotonous, clumsy and spiritless”. 
 
London private art collection that traces a 35-year love story. Through times of joy and grief, Guy Burch and Richard Ayre have turned their flat into a hidden gallery.
 
The winner of the first Hepworth Prize for Sculpture has pledged to share the £30,000 award with her fellow nominees.