Apollo’s wandering eye on the art world. Look out for regular posts taking a rakish perspective on art and museum stories. Got a story for Rakewell? Email rakewell@apollomag.com. Follow @Rakewelltweets.

It makes perfect sense for Iggy Pop to be the subject of a life class...his body has witnessed much and should be documented

A lust for life drawing (or, Iggy Pop takes his clothes off, again)

Iggy Pop has been getting his kit off (again), in the name of art

2 Mar 2016
I just think Lucian Freud makes everyone look like they're made of cheese

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Zaha Hadid’s favourite rapper, art in space, and why Prince Philip doesn’t rate Lucian Freud

1 Mar 2016

A contested cockerel and other controversies

Rakewell reflects on how the public has started taking restitution into its own hands

26 Feb 2016

The Met’s new logo and a truly pretentious party

The Met’s rebranding exercise has not gone well, Kanye West needs $1 billion, and London’s art world has been partying in the name of pretentiousness

21 Feb 2016

A history of Kanye Western art

Kanye West thinks he’s Picasso or Michelangelo – but Rakewell is not so sure

17 Feb 2016

The museum of Cornish pasties and a peek inside Vincent’s bedroom

The Cornish pasty museum and now booking: Van Gogh’s bedroom on Airbnb

14 Feb 2016

The YBA demolition jobs causing a sensation near you

Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst are building and burrowing in London – but at what cost, asks Rakewell

9 Feb 2016

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Not-so-radical street art and the Cerne Abbas giant censored at the Palace of Westminster

7 Feb 2016
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Arks and car parks at the Creation Museum

Spare a thought for the poor souls at the Creation Museum, says Rakewell, whose ambitions are being held up by red tape

5 Feb 2016
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Situation terminal: can an artist improve Manchester Airport?

Rakewell ponders why an airport would install an artist in residence

3 Feb 2016
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The Rake’s Progress: The Week in Gossip

The return of the fig leaf, Thomas Heatherwick’s selective statistics, and a museum director in the postroom

29 Jan 2016
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Italy tucks away its assets to avoid Iranian blushes

Italian PM Matteo Renzi likes to boast about his country’s cultural heritage – until the Iranian president visits, that is…

27 Jan 2016
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The Rake’s Progress: Last Week in Gossip

Harry Styles turns to painting, the new British Museum director’s penchant for Prince, and why Arts Council initiatives sound like second-rate action films

25 Jan 2016
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The curious incident of the dog on Gormley’s coastline

British sculptor Antony Gormley has a furry new fan

22 Jan 2016

Bursting bubbles at the Saatchi Gallery

Great to have a show dedicated to women artists – but why the baffling title?

19 Jan 2016
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Do women have to be censored to get on CBS?

The Guerrilla Girls appeared on TV this week with more than just their faces obscured…

16 Jan 2016

The US museums that will let you carry a gun – no joke, alas

The Denver Museum of Nature & Sciences has reversed its anti-gun policy. But it’s not the only shooting gallery in the US

8 Jan 2016

New Year in Manchester: Golden Cut or Half Cut?

How social media took the Golden Ratio out of all proportion…

6 Jan 2016

Rakewell revisited: Mao, Hamilton Finlay’s ‘heavies’ and Uri Geller’s spoon

Updates on some of Rakewell’s most popular stories from 2015, including the gentlemanly disagreement between Ian Hamilton Finlay, Brian Sewell and Apollo

3 Jan 2016

Your surreal Christmas, courtesy of a museum gift shop near you

Rakewell scours the museum gift shops of the world for his last-minute gifts for the entire family

17 Dec 2015

The Rake’s Progress: A Week in Gossip

Damien Hirst’s Xmas tree controversy; hungering after Olafur Eliasson’s vegetables; and is Shia LaBeouf screening Rakewell’s calls?

14 Dec 2015

An epidemic of selfie sadness in London’s museums

Wouldn’t we all be better off without glum selfie fanatics rampaging through our museums?

11 Dec 2015
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‘The Most Democratic Form of Art’ comes to IKEA

Forget meatballs: Swedish flatpack giant IKEA is now flogging street art.

9 Dec 2015