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ON THE MOVE. Estonia said that it is dismantling a Soviet-era monumentoutside the city of Narva that honors Soviet soldiers who fought in World War II, theAssociated Pressreports. “We will not afford Russia the opportunity to use the past to disturb the peace in Estonia,” the nation’s prime minister,Kaja Kallas, said. TheAPalso has a story abouta rare mural that was painted in 1910in a Vermont synagogue and almost lost. A Lithuanian immigrant, artistBen Zion Black, made the work in the style of his homeland for a Burlington synagogue that was converted into apartments in the 1980s. Luckily, the building’s owner agreed to cover it with a wall. Now it has been uncovered, restored, and sent to a new synagogue home. “When I learned about the mural and what it is and the story behind the artist, I was completely amazed,”Josh Perelman, the chief curator of Philadelphia’sWeitzman National Museum of American Jewish History, told the wire service, adding that “there is nothing like this elsewhere in this country.”
MORE FROM BERLIN.On Tuesday, theBerlin Biennaleapologizedto three Iraqi artists who had objected to its inclusion of a 2013Jean-Jacques Lebelinstallation that features enlarged versions of the notorious images of prisoners being abused at Abu Ghraib. Now,Alex Greenbergerreports, those artists have decided topull their workfrom the show, deeming the apology insufficient. Lebel, for his part, has said the “aim of this project is to provoke the viewer to meditate on the consequences of colonialism.”
This week, New York’sMetropolitan Museum of Artrepatriated to Nepal two looted artifacts that had been in its collection—a 13th-century wooden temple strut and a 10th-century sculpture.[The Art Newspaper]
The studio of architectKisho Kurokawais auctioning off the rights to rebuild Tokyo’s iconicNakagin Capsule Tower, which Kurokawa designed. Constructed in 1972, the modular building is currently being taken down.
The art-book translatorAlice Sedgwick Wohlhas penned a new memoir that is, in part, about her sister,Andy WarholacolyteEdie Sedgwick.As It Turns Out: Thinking About Edie and Andy“is beautiful, if not exactly joyful,” book criticAlexandra Jacobswrites.[The New York Times]
For a package inHarper’s Bazaar, photographerJohn Edmondsshot artistsQualeasha Wood,Oscar yi Hou,Ella Emhoff,Jadé Fadojutimi, and many others.[Harper’s Bazaar]
BillionaireOraclecofounder andart collectorLarry Ellisonhas listed an estate in North Palm Beach, Florida, for $145 million, after snapping up a larger property nearby for $173 million two months ago. Ellison bought the place he is selling for $80 million last year.[The Wall Street Journal]
ROW YOUR BOAT.To draw attention to how runoff from chicken factories is polluting the Wye river in Wales, artistPhilip Chatfieldand parish priestRichard Williamshaveembarked on a kind of performance-protest, carrying a wooden statue of Mary along the river for 75 miles, theGuardianreports. The biblical figure symbolizes “purity, cleanliness, and fruitfulness,” Williams told the paper. While describing various environmental and religious angles of the project, Chatfield said, “It can be a lot of things to a lot of people. If nothing else, it’s a nice statue floating down the river.”[The Guardian]