Speed Read: The Top 10 Art News Stories For November 17-21

Sexy calendars, uber-rich art collectors, and Batman.

Anna Ewers.
Steven Meisel for Pirelli.


The JokerPhoto: Sacha Goldberger via Sad and Useless

The Joker
Photo: Sacha Goldberger

1. Batman, Superman, and the Hulk Get the Old Master Touch
An artist poses the question: “what if Superman was born in the 16th century?”

2. The Top 10 Uber-Rich Art Collectors
These collectors aren’t just rich. They’re uber-rich.

3. €500 Million Ponzi Scheme Suspected at Paris Museum
A scandal in the books and manuscripts market.

4. New Photographs of Che Guevara Surface in Spanish Town
The grisly black-and-white images were taken after Guevara’s execution, but before he was cleaned up for public display.

5. Philanthropist Saves Priceless Piero della Francesca Masterpiece
According to experts, The Resurrection is showing concerning cracks, flaking, and signs of discoloration and is in desperate need of restoration.

6. Steven Meisel Shoots Arty Nudes for Pirelli’s Provocative Annual Calendar
Très chic. Très BDSM.

7. Should the Smithsonian Address the Bill Cosby Rape Allegations?
The National Museum of African Art, a Smithsonian institution, is currently showing an exhibition featuring 62 works from Cosby’s personal collection.

Rachel Stern, Xaviera Simmons (2014) from Art F City's Artists as Pandas in the Nude calendar.

Rachel Stern, Xaviera Simmons (2014) from Art F City’s Artists as Pandas in the Nude calendar.

8. Artists Dress As Nude Pandas for Art F City Calendar
A very different variation on the sexy calendar theme.

9. 2,000-Year-Old Mosaics Miraculously Saved from Destructive Flooding
The effort to unearth them was a race against time.

10. Rare CIA-Produced Osama bin Laden Propaganda Doll to be Auctioned
The terrifying doll was created to discourage young children from joining al-Qaeda.

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