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.

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

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Cindy Sherman spurns selfies and Tracey Emin takes aim at Theresa May

7 Nov 2017
State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

The fine art of Russian hacking

…And who ‘hacked’ the State Tretyakov Gallery’s Twitter account last week?

6 Nov 2017

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Minnesota merchandise, Barbara Kruger on the metro, and John Humphry’s porridge

2 Nov 2017

California chills out at the Museum of Ice Cream

Pop-up ‘museums of ice cream’ are a hit in California – but some locals are giving them the cold shoulder

31 Oct 2017

Donald Trump, the (almost) blue-chip artist

For the second time this year, a doodle by Donald has fetched thousands of dollars at auction

27 Oct 2017

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

A trashy installation in Aspen, Bath on Botox, and Prince’s dancing shoes at the V&A

25 Oct 2017

Just in time for Halloween, the latest diabolical daub!

An apparently innocuous painting is terrifying the good folk of the Midlands

20 Oct 2017
Tintin dans le metro

Tintin takes on Asterix in the salerooms

The last major Tintin work by Hergé goes under the hammer this weekend. Can it beat Asterix’s astronomical prices?

19 Oct 2017

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

The art that floats Shaun Ryder’s boat, Donald Trump’s ‘Renoir’, Tracey Emin’s laundry, and Britney Spears’ new hobby

17 Oct 2017