Friday’s Art Notes

BY Arts Desk  February 5, 2010 at 10:00 AM EDT

Slate imagines a Super Bowl directed by auteurs Godard, Tarantino and Herzog, among others.

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The art world has a little more at stake at the Super Bowl this Sunday than in other years. Art museums in the two rival cities, New Orleans and Indianapolis, have wagered a work of art on the game. The losing city will loan the winner a painting for three months. You can read about the negotiations (and the trash talk) on Modern Art Notes.

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Works from the art collection of novelist Michael Crichton are on display in London, ahead of an auction later this year. The author had picked up paintings by Picasso and Robert Rauschenberg, as well as Jasper Johns’ iconic “Flag,” which has not been seen in public for 20 years.

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Renovations on the world’s oldest Christian monastery have been completed in Egypt. St. Anthony’s Monastery is more than 1,600 years old, and took eight years to restore.

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A bar and gallery in London that has played host to many high-profile British artists|+ARTINFO%29 since the 1990s will not be preserved — it’s slated to be torn down later this year and replaced by a retail center. The owners of the Foundry say they hope to offer the Tate Modern some of the artwork from their walls.