News Recap: August 4, 2017

A weekly update of art world news.

The power of naturePowerful eruption of Colima Volcano in Mexico on December 13th, 2015. That night, the weather was dry and cold, friction of ash particles generated a big lightning of about 600 meters that connected ash and volcano, and illuminated most of the dark scene. On last part of 2015, this volcano showed a lot of eruptive activity with ash explosions that raised 2-3 km above the crater. Most of night explosions produced incandescent rock falls and lightning not bigger than 100 meters in average. Photo and caption by Sergio Tapiro Velasco/ National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year

The power of naturePowerful eruption of Colima Volcano in Mexico on December 13th, 2015. That night, the weather was dry and cold, friction of ash particles generated a big lightning of about 600 meters that connected ash and volcano, and illuminated most of the dark scene. On last part of 2015, this volcano showed a lot of eruptive activity with ash explosions that raised 2-3 km above the crater. Most of night explosions produced incandescent rock falls and lightning not bigger than 100 meters in average.

Photo and caption by Sergio Tapiro Velasco/ National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year

Sergio Tapiro Velasco Named National Geographic’s Travel Photographer of the Year
The 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year was awarded to Sergio Tapiro Velasco, earning him $25,000 and a 10-day trip for two to the Galápagos Archipelago with National Geographic Expeditions. The winning photograph, “The Power Of Nature,” is of Volcán de Colima, an active volcano in Latin America, and chosen out of more than 15,000 submissions. The winners of the Cities and People categories were also awarded, to Norbet Fritz and F. Dilek Uyar respectively.
Read the full story (Hyperallergic)

Cindy Sherman’s Instagram Goes Public
Photographer Cindy Sherman has kept a private Instagram account until recently. She quietly changed the settings on her account to public and has since racked up over 35,000 followers. The account is filled with previously unseen photographs that appear to be a continuation of Sherman’s previous work through the utilization of digital filters and distortions. While Sherman’s account (@_cindysherman_) has yet to achieve “blue checkmark” status, it is believed to be authentic.
Read the full story (ArtNet)

The MET Turns Over Ancient Works To Authorities
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has turned over two ancient artifacts to authorities this week. A bullhead sculpture and a Roman vase have come under investigation as stolen works from Lebanon and Italy. While both works were paid for by the museum, the MET has fully cooperated and stated that they have, “worked diligently to ensure a just resolution of this matter.”
Read the full stories (ArtNet, ArtNet)