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Rake’s Progress: last week in gossip

Caravaggio and the end of capitalism; Benedict Cumberbatch in Tate’s Rauschenberg gift shop; and Alan Yentob in Calais

14 Dec 2016

Meet your new chairman, the Prince of Darkness

Peter Mandelson has been appointed chairman of trustees at the Design Museum, the week after he lent his support to a replica of the Titanic…

8 Dec 2016

Rake’s Progress: last week in gossip

Nigel Farage compares himself to Picasso; Jerry Saltz hates dogs; and P Diddy goes shopping in Miami

6 Dec 2016

Michael Gove’s tirade against the Turner Prize

Michael Gove hits out at contemporary art with some angry hashtags. Luckily the former culture minister was on hand to fight its corner…

6 Dec 2016

Madonna and madness in Miami Beach

The art of celebrity comes to Miami Beach once more – and Rakewell is on hand to help you tell your James Corden from your James Franco

1 Dec 2016

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Philip Hammond upsets the Janeites; Paolozzi’s Piscator in search of an owner; and how Boris Johnson ended up as a bumblebee

29 Nov 2016

The Mona Lisa dials a takeaway pizza

Paintings by Michelangelo, Leonardo and Caravaggio have been infiltrated with pizza slices in the name of pizza delivery.

26 Nov 2016

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Having a laugh with Bob Rauschenberg; the man who would be Van Gogh; and rock’n’roll stories from Johnny Marr and Sean Lennon

22 Nov 2016

The football museum that is FIFA’s latest failure

FIFA shelled out millions on the new World Football Museum but it still looks set to attract fewer visitors this year than a Cristiano Ronaldo-themed museum

21 Nov 2016

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

The Bullingdon comes to the block; beauty and the beast of brutalism; a disaster in Lisbon; and an avian seance in a London gallery

17 Nov 2016

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

The David Bowie auction diet; introducing Picasso’s, erm, brown period; and Barbara Kruger’s failed Trump prophecy

10 Nov 2016

Emojis are infiltrating art history… 😱

MoMA has acquired the original set of emojis and is set to put them on public display. But the emoji effect is visible in the Old Master world, too

7 Nov 2016

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Halloween horrors hit museum’s social media accounts, Ai Weiwei gets sweary, and Grayson Perry takes aim at Rafael Vinoly

31 Oct 2016

How US election art just keeps getting grosser…

First a sculpture of Hillary Clinton suckling a banker appeared in New York, and now comes Donald Trump as an ugly Renaissance baby

26 Oct 2016

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

The Madonna and Maggie Simpson; Alex Katz at H&M; the girl with the not-so-pearl earring and more

24 Oct 2016

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Michael Gove ❤ art history; Mr. Turner’s lost masterpiece; Rod Stewart’s tour of the Royal Academy; and a topsy-turvy Matisse

18 Oct 2016

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Educating the young ’uns at Frieze; art criticism from Donald Trump; Grayson Perry’s favourite hatchet jobs; and Middlesbrough’s #Squirrelgate

11 Oct 2016

The Rake’s progress: Frieze special

Jeff Koons goes shopping, plus other Frieze week art happenings and ironic after-parties

6 Oct 2016

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

The latest from Snoop Dogg’s painting career; plus Tate’s buttocks are too sensitive for Twitter

4 Oct 2016

Van Gogh gets a trance music soundtrack

The Van Gogh Museum is to launch a multimedia guide with DJ Armin van Buuren. The yellow house music, anyone?

3 Oct 2016

David Shrigley gives Trafalgar Square the thumbs-up

Is David Shrigley‘s fourth-plinth sculpture sincere or satirical?

30 Sep 2016

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

The portraits of 'Pricasso'; Vittorio Sgarbi takes aim at Swissair; the sartorial secrets of Simon de Pury; and John Cale's debt to art

26 Sep 2016

Remaking the Russian revolutionaries

Why is Stalin vaping and what does Karl Marx have in common with Arnold Schwarzenegger?

22 Sep 2016

Putin’s man in Chechnya embraces the new chivalry

Ramzan Kadyrov is the latest figure to embrace the 2016 armour revival

21 Sep 2016