News Recap: August 16, 2019

A weekly update of art world news.

Eric Bevington took this photo of Nikumaroro Island in October 1937. “The Bevington Object” poking out from beneath the waves at the edge of the photo may be the landing gear of Earhart’s plane, a Lockheed model 10-E Electra.

An Old Photograph May be Crucial to Solving the Mystery of Amelia Earhart’s Disappearance
Robert Ballard, an explorer who found the wreck of the Titanic and the Nazi battle ship Bismark, believes the key to solving Amelia Earhart’s disappearance lies in a photograph. Earhart vanished in July 1937. It is believed that she and her navigator crashed into the Pacific Ocean on the way to Howland Island. In 2012, Ballard saw a photograph by Eric Bevington from October 1937 that shows the largely uninhabited Nikumaroto Island and a tiny speck poking out of the water that he believes to be the landing gear on Earhart’s plane. The photo was discovered by the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery as part of their Earhart Project research. Intelligence analysts at the Pentagon believe that the indistinct object in the photograph looks like her plane’s landing gear. Based on the location of Earhart’s last confirmed location, and the 37 radio transmissions received that could have been from her, it is possible that she missed Howland Island and landed on a sandbar on Nikumaroro. The photographer arrived three months later when the tide could have submerged the plane.
Read the full story (The Independent)

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beats to Open an Art and Music Center
Musician Alicia Keys and her husband, hip-hop producer Kasseem “Swizz Beats” Dean, have announced plans for a new arts center in Macedon, NY. The couple had been searching for a venue to exhibit their art collection, teach emerging artists about the business side of the industry, and more. The Dean Collection Music & Art Campus will be located in the former industrial complex on Macedon’s Route 31.
Read the full story (ArtNet News)

Ancient Bust of Alexander the Great Is Found
A rare ancient bust of Alexander the Great dating from the second century BCE was re-discovered by Greek archeologists among cates of ceramics in a dark corner of a warehouse at the Archeological Museum of Veroia. The museum’s director announced the discovery as a “brand new Portrait of Alexander, still unknown to archaeologists and art lovers.” The bust is in poor condition, having been used as building material in the ancient Greek town where it was originally discovered among rubble. The bust is one of only three known ancient portraits of Alexander in the Macedonia region.
Read the full story (Greek Reporter)