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Installation view of Henry Moore, “Reclining Figure” (1969–70), bronze, 90 x 133 x 79 in, gift of David and Laura Finn (photo by Roberto C. Ferrari, Art Properties, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University)

Art Movements is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world.
After lawyers for artist Yoshitomo Nara wrote to the Korean cosmetic company W.Lab to demand that it recall one of its products that features a figure similar to the artist’s paintings of childlike figures, W.Lab not only denied the allegations, but sued Nara to claim ownership of the design.
Henry Moore’s bronze sculpture “Reclining Figure” (1969–70) was installed in front of Columbia

University’s Havemeyer Hall. Plans to install the sculpture in front of the school’s Butler Library prompted protests in March from current and former students who dubbed it a “monstrosity,” “a desecration of our home,” and an “arrogant middle finger to the world.”
India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, laid the foundation stone for what is planned to be the world’s tallest statue. The 630-foot-tall statue of 17th-century Hindu ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji is expected to cost some $530 million and be completed in 2019.

Rendering of the Chhatrapati Shivaji monument under construction on an island off the coast of Mumbai (via

Israeli authorities claimed to have found new fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Cave of the Skulls.
An ancient Kuwaiti manuscript that was stolen during Iraq’s 1990–91 occupation was recovered by Iraqi security personnel in a sting operation.

Kunsthaus Zürich completed the digitization of its collection of Dada documents and artworks.

Hans Arp, Max Ernst, and Tristan Tzara postcard to Paul Eluard (1921), brush and pen in ink, tobacco, postal stamps, stamp in black, 14 x 9 cm, Kunsthaus Zürich (© 2015 ProLitteris, Zurich / Estate of Tristan Tzara)

A limestone bas relief that was stolen from Queen Hatshepsut’s temple in Luxor and illegally smuggled out of Egypt was returned to the country’s Ministry of Antiquities from London.
Designer Hannah Hill claimed that fashion brand Topshop stole her “Halloween Queen” patch design without giving her credit or compensation.


The Polish government has reached an agreement to acquire the art collection of the Princes Czartoryski Foundation, which includes works by Rembrandt, Auguste Renoir, Albrecht Dürer, and Leonardo da Vinci’s “Lady With an Ermine” (1489–90).

Leonardo da Vinci, “Lady with an Ermine” (1489–90) (via Wikimedia Commons)

The owner of a painting by Johann Zoffany that was valued at £4 million (~$4.9 million) and was destroyed in a 2015 fire at the Clandon Park will likely be reimbursed for the lost work by the UK government.

The Stephen Petronio Company purchased Crows Nest, a 175-acre property in New York’s Catskill Mountains, for $1.3 million.

A monument that has been colloquially dubbed the “national lynching memorial” — but officially named the Memorial to Peace and Justice — and is slated to open in Montgomery, Alabama, in 2018 received a $10-million donation from Pat and Jon Stryker.

Rendering of the Memorial to Peace and Justice (Courtesy MASS Design Group, via Equal Justice Initiative)


Norman Kleebatt, the chief curator of the Jewish Museum in New York City, will leave the institution in early 2017.
The Columbia Museum Art at the University of South Carolina named Lynn Robertson as its interim executive director.
Beijing’s Palace Museum will build an outpost in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District. It is expected to open by 2022.
The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts unveiled a new plan to unify its campus in central Moscow, with underground galleries connecting its various buildings. The project is scheduled for completion in 2019.
The publication Art Papers is switching from a bimonthly to a quarterly publishing schedule.
Berlin gallery Cruise and Callas will close in February 2017.


Kenneth Snelson’s “Free Ride Home” (1974) at the Storm King Art Center (photo by joevare/Flickr)


Richard Adams (1920–2016), author. Best known for Watership Down (1972).
Jean-Paul Barbier-Mueller (1930–2016), financier and art collector.
Pierre Barouh (1934–2016), singer.
Howard Bingham (1939–2016), photographer.
Carrie Fisher (1956–2016), actress and author.
Claude Gensac (1927–2016), actress.
George Michael (1963–2016), pop star. Co-founded, with his former partner Kenny Goss, the British contemporary art space the Goss-Michael Foundation in Dallas.
Debbie Reynolds (1932–2016), actress.
Jens Risom (1916–2016), modernist designer.
Reiner Ruthenbeck (1937–2016), artist .
Kenneth Snelson (1927–2016), sculptor.
Eugene Yufit (1961–2016), artist and filmmaker.
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