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.

Antony Gormley gets crafty

The sculptor is urging us to get creative in lockdown – and even better, he’s been channelling the late, great Tony Hart on live TV

6 Feb 2021

How to gain access to the Beatles (sort of)

The original foyer doors of Abbey Road Studios are up for auction – which isn’t quite the same as owning the zebra crossing, but still

5 Feb 2021
Omar Sy as Assane Diop in 'Lupin', with Veronese's 'Wedding Feast at Cana' in the background.

Déjà-vu – the Louvre is no stranger to heists, whether in Lupin or real life

The hit French series on Netflix sees the Paris museum’s security breached in spectacular fashion – but stealing the Mona Lisa in 1911 couldn’t have been easier

27 Jan 2021
Bernie Sanders in Wolfgang Laib’s ‘Where have you gone – where are you going?’ (via Phillips Collection)

The art world is smitten with Bernie Sanders’ mittens

A meme of Bernie at the inauguration has (predictably) seen the senator popping up in everyone’s favourite paintings

21 Jan 2021
Photo: Getty Images

Could Sex and the City’s Charlotte hack it in today’s art world?

Charlotte York-Goldenblatt stepped away from her career in the original series, but perhaps she’s ready to return to the white cube in this year’s reboot?

12 Jan 2021
Photo: Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2020

Location, location…location? Bridgerton takes liberties with Regency London

It is perhaps unsurprising that a show that takes such a creative approach to costume drama plays fast and loose with its locations

7 Jan 2021

Neat work – on art and whisky

Whisky and museums are a few of your roving correspondent’s favourite things – and now the V&A Dundee is bringing them together

18 Dec 2020
Photo: Geoff Caddick/AFP via Getty Images

Banksy and the art of sneezing

Banksy has decorated a wall in Bristol with a sneeze – leading Rakewell to ponder the art of sneezing

12 Dec 2020
The first Christmas card, commissioned by Henry Cole and designed by John Calcott Horsley, published in 1843. Christie’s, London (estimate £5,000–£8,000)

The merry mania of Christmas cards

The first commercially produced Christmas card was published in 1843 – and you can have one for £5,000 or more (stamps not included)

4 Dec 2020
Lyra Belacqua in the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford.

Dark material – the Pitt Rivers Museum in fiction

A cameo in the BBC’s His Dark Materials adaptation leads Rakewell to reflect on other fictional appearances of the museum over the years

27 Nov 2020

Build your own Colosseum!

A 9,000-piece Lego model of the Colosseum has Rakewell pondering other models of the great amphitheatre – made out of cork, clay and cheese

20 Nov 2020

Monumental mutts and presidential pets

It has been a good week for outsize dogs in Turkmenistan and a huge week for good dogs in Delaware

15 Nov 2020

Tall tails – the miracle of Rotterdam

Rakewell reports on a remarkable fluke outside the Dutch city

6 Nov 2020

Pup idols – pet memorials through history

News that pet owners have more faith in doggy heaven than ever before leads Rakewell on a trip down memorial lane

30 Oct 2020
Classic Mr. Potato Heads displayed at a 50th birthday party for the popular childrens toy at Hasbros showroom in New York City on 5 February, 2002.

Potato appeal – the humble spuds that have become works of art

From post Impressionist painting to 20th-century toys, the humble potato has caught the imagination of many an artist – and infant cubist

23 Oct 2020
Still from ‘Love Life’.

Gallery girls on the small screen – a brief history

Why is it that single women living in Manhattan nearly always find themselves working in an art gallery – on TV, at least?

16 Oct 2020

Melodic moments at the National Gallery

The gallery is paying homage to the famous wartime concerts organised by Myra Hess with a series of performances – with no audiences, alas

9 Oct 2020

From pelle melle to the London Marathon – sports days in St James’s Park

As runners in the London Marathon prepare to make 19 loops of St James’s Park, Rakewell delves into the sporting provenance of the park

2 Oct 2020
Beagle House Interactive Dog House, MVRDV.

A palace for your pooch

It’s the mutt-see show of the year (if you’re a dog) – an architectural playground just for you (again, if you’re a dog) at Japan House London

25 Sep 2020

Own your own Oval Office

If you’ve ever wanted to play president, now you can – if you have a few dollars spare to buy a replica of the Oval Office at Bonhams in October

18 Sep 2020

Picking up the tabby – the T.S. Eliot estate helps out the Brontë Parsonage Museum

The T.S. Eliot estate has donated £20,000 to help keep the Brontë Parsonage Museum open. Rakewell wonders what the Brontë sisters would have made of ‘Cats’

11 Sep 2020

Marina Abramovic stars in an opera about Maria Callas – but doesn’t sing

Rakewell is disappointed not to hear the performance artist’s pipes in her new project at the Bavarian State Opera

6 Sep 2020

Woe logo – the Osaka Expo goes googly-eyed

For the 2025 World Expo, the host city of Osaka has plumped for a bafflingly blobby logo

27 Aug 2020
‘Lowry Shirt’ by Blake Mill

How to dress like an L.S. Lowry painting

A Manchester-based menswear designer has launched a shirt inspired by Lowry – and decorated with his ‘matchstick’ figures

21 Aug 2020