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.

Calling all hipsters! Book now for the museum of avocados!

Another hipster museum is opening in California – and this one is all about avocados

16 Apr 2018

The spirit of ’68 – alive and kicking in Nanterre

At Nanterre University, students have taken against street art commemorating the riots of 1968

15 Apr 2018

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

The tiny head of Yuri Gagarin, Richard Rogers gets hit with an umbrella, and the rest of last week’s arty tittle-tattle

11 Apr 2018

The world’s first sausage dog museum – not as mad as it sounds

A museum dedicated to dachshunds has opened in Germany

8 Apr 2018

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

The barbs of Francis Bacon, an auction of VIP hotel doors, and an artistic slanging match between Chicago and Houston

3 Apr 2018

John Baldessari gets the greatest accolade of them all – a guest turn on The Simpsons

Baldessari is the latest star to appear in The Simpsons – in a flashback scene with cub reporter Marge Simpson

2 Apr 2018

Steve Bannon – the strangest exhibition subject ever?

You read it right – an exhibition on Steve Bannon, that Renaissance man of the Alt-Right, is about to open in Rotterdam

31 Mar 2018
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The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

When Henry Moore gave Barbara Hepworth the cold shoulder, plus the rest of last week’s arty tittle tattle

27 Mar 2018
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Take the second exit to Narnia…

A rascal artist has doctored road signs in Oxfordshire to give directions to Narnia and Neverland

23 Mar 2018

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Bowie in Buckinghamshire, peeling off in Paris, and Lucian Freud on Prince Charles’s watercolours

20 Mar 2018

A bigger gnash: when Dennis the Menace met David Hockney

Comic strips are getting an artistic makeover – with Beano characters meeting Pop art in London

18 Mar 2018

How Barbie failed Frida Kahlo

Barbie seems to have missed Frida Kahlo’s independent sense of style in its doll version of the artist

18 Mar 2018

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Do Kim Jong-Un and Donald Trump’s share a taste in interior design? Plus Russell Crowe’s divorce auction and Damien Hirst on an Australian beach.

15 Mar 2018

At last! Prince Edward has become an artwork

The photographer Natalie Lennard has recreated the home birth of Prince Edward – with some surprising props

11 Mar 2018

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

The critics putting the hatchet into Civilisations and ‘All Too Human’, why Ed Sheeran is going Anglo-Saxon, and more arty tittle-tattle

6 Mar 2018

A nude causes a fuss on Facebook (again) – but clothes are making mischief at the Met

You can’t show the Venus of Willendorf on Facebook, it seems, but neither can you wear period dress to the Met

2 Mar 2018

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Lucian Freud and the trouble with suntans, a big ticket for Bowie in Brooklyn, and the rest of last week’s art-world tittle-tattle

28 Feb 2018
Jeremy Bentham at University College London.

Jeremy Bentham hops across the pond

Jeremy Bentham leaves University College London to take part in a show at the Met Breuer

23 Feb 2018

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

London Fashion Week shuts down the National Portrait Gallery, the Duchess of Cambridge gets creative, and Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ invents a Museum of Great Britain

20 Feb 2018

Angel delight? Twenty years of the Angel of the North

The Angel of the North may have been co-opted to sell baguettes in its time, but the north-east has undoubtedly come to love it

16 Feb 2018

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Correcting Jasper Johns, Tory fossils, artists as cheeses, and, erm, a couple of cats stories

13 Feb 2018

The Tate puts the boot into Turner

The appearance of Turner paintings on Dr. Martens bovver boots has some of the painter’s fan fulminating

9 Feb 2018

The Rake’s progress: last week in gossip

Appy days for Matt Hancock, bitcoin art business, and a useful lesson from Maria Balshaw. Plus the rest of this week’s arty tittle-tattle

6 Feb 2018

A Valentine’s gift to melt your heart – perhaps

Valentine’s Day looks set to bring its usual mad merchandise – which this year, includes an unnervingly realistic chocolate heart

2 Feb 2018