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Why there’s absolutely nothing to see at an exhibition in LA

A show at Human Resources gallery leaves a lot to the imagination – because there’s nothing in it

28 Jan 2018

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Why Oliver Cromwell is in a spin at Westminster, Mona Hatoum’s pasta-based practice, and more

22 Jan 2018
A detail from the Bayeux Tapestry depicting the death of King Harold

How the Bayeux Tapestry had Twitter in stitches

The proposed loan of the Bayeux Tapestry has made for some, erm, creative threads on social media

19 Jan 2018
Timothy Spall as J.M.W. Turner in 'Mr Turner' (2014). Image courtesy Entertainment One

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Timothy Spall plays another painter, a Rauschenberg is at risk, and Steve Lazarides in praise of bluffing

18 Jan 2018
Life of Riley: the MFA mutt makes his first media appearance

Why an art hound is sniffing around the MFA Boston

The latest recruit to the MFA Boston is a three-month-old puppy called Riley

14 Jan 2018

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Matt Hancock’s party vibes and the rest of this week’s arty tittle-tattle

10 Jan 2018
Star exhibit: Justin Bieber at the Met Gala

Yes, a Canadian museum really is putting on a Justin Bieber exhibition

Ontario is the place to head if you want to see the pop star’s running shoes

8 Jan 2018

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Justin Bieber takes up painting, an art-breaking first date, and Hans-Ulrich on the beach

3 Jan 2018

Deck the halls with festive follies!

The wacky Christmas decorations installed in London’s leading museums

22 Dec 2017

A fishy new uniform for V&A staff

The V&A has launched a new uniform – but twitter users reckon the swag would look better at a garden centre

21 Dec 2017

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

A cheap date with Martin Parr, Damien Hirst CBE (or not), and a very meaty recipe for mince pies

19 Dec 2017
Abba performing 'Waterloo’ at the Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton, 1974.

Thank you for the loo sick: the Abba show that conjures up a ’70s nightclub

An exhibition dedicated to Abba at the Southbank Centre recreates some gloomy rooms from the 1970s

14 Dec 2017

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Celebs at Art Basel Miami Beach, Ai Weiwei’s problem with German, and Peter Hitchens pans his portrait

13 Dec 2017

Careless whisker: Grayson Perry’s lost cat comes home

After going AWOL for several days, Grayson Perry’s cat has been reunited with the artist. Hooray!

8 Dec 2017

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

The artistic tastes of Britain’s spies, Prince Harry’s museum dance, Damien Hirst’s shopping habits and the rest of last week’s art-world tittle-tattle

6 Dec 2017

A simple lesson for any artist: do not chain yourself to a rock

Artist Mikes Poppe has been cut from a block of marble that he chained himself to 19 days ago

1 Dec 2017

Now there’s a museum of selfies, too…

…And Rakewell hopes that Paris Hilton takes her rightful place in its display (erm, honest)

30 Nov 2017

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Jake Gyllenhaal turns art critic, the better side of Cristiano Ronaldo and the artistic love of Yannis Varoufakis

28 Nov 2017

The burger museum facing the bulldozers

In Illinois, a nugget of fast-food heritage is set to be demolished

24 Nov 2017

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

The art of the sausage roll, Terence Conran’s childhood, and Eric Cantona’s little pen and notebook

20 Nov 2017
A sorry state: Schiele on the Underground

Why Vienna is too vulgar for the Victoria Line

Advertising posters bearing nude sketches by Egon Schiele were deemed too racy for London’s commuters

17 Nov 2017

A potty fundraising campaigning in Salisbury

Visitors to the Salisbury Museum will be privy to a new fundraising campaign from ‘World Toilet Day’

17 Nov 2017

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Big bucks for a Britney Spears painting, Van Gogh’s grasshopper, and absinthe at the National Gallery

16 Nov 2017
Knot the nine o'clock news: Jon Snow

Tied up at the Design Museum with Jon Snow

Jon Snow’s jazzy neckwear has a display of its own at the Design Museum in London

9 Nov 2017