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Why angry letters are flying about in North Korea

The DPRK has released a series of stamps taking aim American targets

7 Jul 2017

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Maria Balshaw’s matching socks – and the rest of the week’s art world tittle-tattle

4 Jul 2017

The art of group sauna sessions

What links a trip to the sauna and some of the UK’s leading art institutions?

30 Jun 2017

The rocky art of international relations

A public art installation in Albania has just been condemned by the Greek government

29 Jun 2017

The Rake’s Progress: last week in gossip

Has Goldie outed Banksy? Did Andy Warhol get in John McEnroe’s way; and is Sean Spicer pleased with his likeness?

27 Jun 2017

The not-so-super model of Kate Moss

For £25,000, you can own a hyperreal, platinum silicone model of Kate Moss

24 Jun 2017
A menace to museums

The microbes and moths munching on your favourite artworks

Monuments and artworks are at threat from microbes – if the moths don’t get them, that is

22 Jun 2017
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The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

From Brian Sewell to Justin Bieber, the best of last week’s tittle-tattle from the art world

20 Jun 2017

The fine art of avocados

Artists have always been obsessed with fruit – but avocado art might be taking things too far

18 Jun 2017

Why your sports shoes could be worth a fortune

A pair of self-lacing trainers has sold at auction for more than $50,000 dollars. Could you be standing on a fortune?

16 Jun 2017

The Louvre goes to the movies (again)

Wonder Woman now works at the Louvre… but will her curatorial credentials spare her bad reviews?

11 Jun 2017
A anarchist rat by Banksy in Sloane Square, London.

The street artists getting bashed by bishops and bureaucrats

Invader and Bansky have stirred up authorities in Spain and the UK this week

8 Jun 2017
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The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Jeremy Corbyn’s favourite painter; a night in the Rijksmuseum; a Varsity match for trainspotters

6 Jun 2017

The cats that have the art world purring

Cats are probably taking over an institution near you

2 Jun 2017

Fear not! Museums are on hand to decipher Trump’s tweets

What is the President talking about when he invokes ‘Covfefe’?

31 May 2017
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The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Tracey Emin gets bored of her peers; artists and salad; and Pamela Anderson’s favourite museum

31 May 2017

The artists’ posters and posteriors aimed at Theresa May

Posters scoffing at Theresa May’s favourite slogan have appeared across London

27 May 2017

Are artists taking the fun out of funfairs?

A fairground designed by Claudia Comte is set to be installed outside Art Basel

25 May 2017
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The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Auerbach’s lighter side; Eddie Izzard’s fear of fine art; and more tittle-tattle from around the art world

23 May 2017

The Nigel Farage commemorative plate

An artist has depicted Nigel Farage’s plane crash on a plate. UKIP says ‘Meh’.

20 May 2017

The fine art of losing elections

Hillary Clinton’s hubristic confetti and Ed Milliband’s garden sculpture

18 May 2017
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The Rake’s Progress: the Venice Biennale in gossip

A round-up of last week’s art world tittle-tattle

16 May 2017

Why North Korea is mad about monuments

The North Korean regime has banned foreigners from visiting monuments to the Kim dynasty

13 May 2017
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Eight of the wackiest biennale titles (so far)

Eight of the stranger biennial concepts of recent years

11 May 2017