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Parliament Square has a new sculpture (for two hours)

The Trump baby balloon takes flight in Parliament Square. Should it be in a sculpture park?

13 Jul 2018

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Flag wags, Madonna at the National Portrait Gallery, and why Gareth Southgate’s waistcoat might be heading to the Museum of London

10 Jul 2018

Nick Cave as you’ve never seen him before – cast in bronze and on horseback

The residents of a town in Victoria are hoping that a bronze Nick Cave will become a visitor attraction

6 Jul 2018
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The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Ed Vaizey does the floss dance, Germaine Greer takes aim at art in schools and Vincent van Gogh gets his own beer

4 Jul 2018

St George is cross, probably

An amateur restoration job on a sculpture in Estella, northern Spain, has become an internet sensation

28 Jun 2018

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Ronaldo as a Russian general, Victoria Beckham and the Old Masters, and a bashing for Baselitz

26 Jun 2018

The Palermo pizzeria for those Manifesta munchies

A ‘Renoir’ pizza could be just the thing after perusing some of Manifesta‘s more offbeat installations

24 Jun 2018

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Beyonce and Jay-Z take over the Louvre, Kurt Cobain in Co. Kildare, and why Olafur Eliasson is teaming up with Ikea

21 Jun 2018

Funny business in the world of stamps

American philatelists with a nose for novelty can now get their hands on scratch n’sniff stamps. And is Royal Mail having a laugh with its Dad’s Army set?

14 Jun 2018

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

What doesn’t Arron Banks know about the Hermitage? Why is Christie’s like a tennis court? And did anyone point out how that G7 photo looks like a Renaissance painting?

12 Jun 2018

The lives of the artists, brought to you by Willem Dafoe

The actor Willem Dafoe will play Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti in a reading at the Beyeler Foundation later this month

8 Jun 2018

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

A reality TV star meets the Mona Lisa in Paris, Grayson Perry on why art beats theatre, and Bill and Hillary Clinton’s collection of Bono drawings

7 Jun 2018

The artist friends and foes of Philip Roth

The late American novelist’s friends included R.B. Kitaj and Philip Guston. But he didn’t always get on with contemporary art…

2 Jun 2018

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Supermarket Sweep at the British Museum, Cardsharps for contemporary Italy, and the sweet smell of sea travel

30 May 2018

A peace bargain to tempt all coin collectors

The North Korean peace summit may be off, but you can still get hold of a commemorative coin

25 May 2018

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Pugin at the royal wedding, P. Diddy in the saleroom, and Maggi Hambling’s advice on clearing a gallery

22 May 2018

Has the British Museum scored an own goal with Mo Salah’s football boots?

The British Museum has acquired a pair of Mo Salah’s football boots. Not everybody’s happy…

20 May 2018

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Antony Gormley’s wardrobe, a slating for the Serpentine restaurant, and resistance to Rachel Whiteread in Yorkshire

17 May 2018

Why a museum in London is getting creative with Campari

The Estorick Collection in north London is to stage an exhibition of Campari posters. Salute!

13 May 2018

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Kanye West tries out architecture, the naked truth about museums, and meatball modernism

9 May 2018

James Joyce via the medium of contemporary dance

The Irish writer’s surprising dance-world connections, from a duet in a silent film to Michael Flatley’s Riverdance

2 May 2018

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Andy Murray picks up the paintbrush, truth and lies with Ai Weiwei, and the dawn of the Museum of Pizza

1 May 2018

David Bowie – from station to (metro) station to museum restaurant

From Buckinghamshire to Brooklyn, David Bowie is being commemorated in surprising ways across the globe

1 May 2018

Pyjama arty? Artist accuses Old Navy of pilfering her pooch designs

The LA-based artist Lili Chin has accused Old Navy of stealing her work for a line of pyjamas

27 Apr 2018