Art World Abstracts: A Blockbuster Matisse Show, and More!

Henri Matisse, The Snail, 1953 (Courtesy Tate Modern)

Henri Matisse, The Snail, 1953 (Courtesy Tate Modern)

“Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs” is now the most well-attended show in the history of the Tate Modern. All signs point to a bonanza for MoMA when the stateside edition opens there later this fall. Like, some serious lines. [The Telegraph]

Sean Kelly has organized a charity auction that benefits the PEN America Center. Fight censorship! Censorship is the worst. [The Art Newspaper]

All-powerful public relations maven and spin guru Ken Sunshine has ascended to the board of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. [Page Six]

On the Greek classics at the Boston Museum of Fine Art: “The second gallery is dedicated to Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and theater, and the symposium, the Athenian tradition of good conversation sparked by good wine. A silver case will display wine-related pieces used in symposiums, including a cup humorously shaped like a donkey’s head from around 480 B.C.” [WSJ]

There’s a festival in Romania has devoted to NanoArt, which is cool-looking stuff found by scientists when they zoom in on microscopic images. Science! [WSJ]

Peter Schjeldahl on the Helen Frankenthaler show at Gagosian and the Morris Louis show at Mnuchin. [The New Yorker]