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.

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

A morsel of Marina Abramović

The performance artist has collaborated with Ladurée on a macaron that distils her personality (so they say)

13 Oct 2017

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Jeremy Clarkson’s art fair, Macron’s Picasso, May’s Kahlo, and Renzo Piano’s scooter

10 Oct 2017

The Rake’s progress: Frieze special

George Osborne’s Mao moment, Peter Blake spices up his life, and more Frieze gossip

6 Oct 2017

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Cheeky art patronage at Nando’s, Frank Gehry’s Bilbao nerves and how Julia Stiles beefed up her art history for Riviera

3 Oct 2017
Impressionistic: Vincent turns your doodles into ‘masterpieces’

Introducing Vincent van Robogogh

An AI programme developed by a Cambridge-based tech company lets you paint like Van Gogh, apparently

29 Sep 2017

A Kunsthalle for the Kardashians

The Saatchi Gallery staged a pop-up Kardashian exhibition last week. Oh dear.

28 Sep 2017

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Tintin the fake news reporter, Michael Jackson at the NPG, and more art-world tittle-tattle

27 Sep 2017

Mrs May’s sermon from hell

Theresa May is outlining her vision for Brexit in Santa Maria Novella in Florence. Where did she get the idea?

22 Sep 2017
Trigger warning: not all Muscovites are crazy about Kalashnikov

The monument that has Muscovites staring down the barrel

A statue of the inventor of the Kalashnikov assault rifle has been erected in Moscow

21 Sep 2017

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

A Twitter tussle between two London museums, gallery doppelgangers, and Howard Hodgkin’s taste in television

20 Sep 2017

Why the Museum of London is going down the drain

A vast ‘fatberg’ is obstructing the sewers of East London – and the Museum of London wants to get hold of a piece

17 Sep 2017
Absolute belter: Rijksmuseum highlights in the Schipol baggage hall

The beauty of baggage reclaim

The Rijksmueum has reopened its gallery at Schipol airport – and there’s a special treat in the baggage hall to mark the occasion

15 Sep 2017

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

David Hockney and Clement Greenberg’s daughter, Ernest Hemingway’s cats, and DIY discussions at Tate Britain

13 Sep 2017

The artists buttering up Justin Trudeau

Canada’s prime minister has been immortalised in butter, while a Kiwi artist has chosen a rather less tasteful medium for his political statuary

7 Sep 2017

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

The latest tittle-tattle from the art and museum worlds

5 Sep 2017

The wacky waxworks of Boston

A wax museum in Boston has been widely ridiculed – just look at their effigies of the Royal Family!

1 Sep 2017
Eric Cantona

Ooh aah Museum Cantona!

The French footballer-cum-actor has his heart set on opening a museum in Sardinia

1 Sep 2017

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Stefan Simchowitz at the movies, silly-season sightings of Jeff Koons, and billboards to beguile Banksy

30 Aug 2017

Please keep off the art…

Visitors get too close to an Yves Klein, and an 800-year-old sarcophagus is the scene of a strange photo shoot

25 Aug 2017