Weekly Roundup: Matisse, Marfa, and More

Matisse, The Cut-Outs exhibition at Tate Modern

Not in the know? Here’s what made headlines in the art world this week:

Matisse: The Cut-Outs becomes Tate’s most popular exhibition ever
The exhibition at Tate Modern draws in record visitor numbers, with 562,622 people taking in the artist’s later works.

Long-Running Moscow Art Fair Cancelled
The key Russian contemporary art fair seems to have been facing both economic and political troubles, including EU and US sanctions on the country as well as an episode of censorship that happened at this past June’s International Book fair.

Chinese Vases Soar 120 Times Past Target to $1.2 Million
A pair of Chinese porcelain vases sold on Monday for $1.2 million at Doyle New York, soaring 120 times past its low estimate.

Bill Cosby Will Lend His Art Collection to the Smithsonian
The legendary comedian and his wife will loan all 300-plus artworks that they have acquired over the past 40 years to the Smithsonian for a major exhibition this fall.

Photographer Returns Prize Money Over Editorial Pressure
Iranian photographer and journalist Newsha Tavakolian has returned a €50,000 prize after the patron behind the award allegedly placed editorial pressure on her work.

Prada Marfa Saved
The conceptual storefront Prada Marfa, 2005, by Elmgreen & Dragset has been turned into a single-work museum.

Collectors Sue Gallery Over Unauthorized Andy Warhol Sale
An Arizona couple is suing a Scottsdale art gallery for selling an Andy Warhol painting it was storing for them against their wishes.

Simon de Pury makes his art world comeback with a sensational ceramics show
The auction king returns to the art world a group exhibition at Venus Over Manhattan, his first gallery show since stepping down as the chairman and chief auctioneer of Phillips de Pury & Company in late 2012.

Chinese Art Sales Tallied $8.5 Billion in 2013 on Rebound
The Chinese art market is regaining strength after sales plummeted in 2012.