The mystery of the Jackson Pollock meant for Lauren Bacall
The Hollywood superstar inspired artists of all kinds – and Rakewell sincerely hopes that Jackson Pollock was among them
John Berger as you’ve never heard him before
The remarkable revelation of John Berger’s cameo in Grand Theft Auto leads Rakewell to cast around for some other surprising turns by eminent critics
Art for cats? Yes purr-lease!
A new Artangel project has sent Rakewell into raptures – though it’s trickier to decipher what the intended feline audience makes of it all
At last – a work of performance art we can all savour
Sarah Merker has just completed a remarkable ten-year quest to sample the scones at every National Trust tearoom in the country
The truth about turnips
Following Thérèse Coffey’s suggestion that we should all eat more turnips, Rakewell takes a look at the best depictions of the vegetable throughout art history
The curious incident of the balloon dog at the art fair
The breaking of a Jeff Koons Balloon Dog sculpture at an art fair in Miami may be less shattering news than it seems
Pharrell is frontin’ Louis Vuitton
Rakewell hopes the fashion house’s newest designer will bring everyone much happiness
So many UK culture ministers, so little time in office
As the 12th secretary of state for culture in the UK takes up their post, Rakewell spots at least one thing they all have in common
The world’s richest man makes quite an impression
The luxury conglomerate led by the French tycoon presented a Caillebotte to the Musée d’Orsay this week, but that didn’t stop him being denounced by pension protesters
Schiaparelli gets the lion’s share of the attention at Paris Fashion Week
Kylie Jenner and Naomi Campbell turned heads with their faux-taxidermy-trimmed outfits – and recalled some more legendary setters of style
Who’s in and who’s out in Soho clubland
Rakewell wonders what to make of the news that Quo Vadis’s doors are moving to the Groucho club
Why is the mayor of Amiens desperately seeking Madonna’s help?
The popstar is believed to own an artwork which has been missing from Amiens since the First World War
A short visual history of heirs and spares
A cursory look at some princely portraits might have encouraged Harry to head for the Californian hills even earlier
Slow horses and flying starts – the glittering career of Gary Oldman
There’s no denying the actor’s talents, but Rakewell can’t help wishing he would finally direct that film about Eadweard Muybridge, ‘the father of motion pictures’
Shop until you drop in your favourite museum
The gift shops are full of seasonal offerings for your nearest and dearest – and Rakewell has some recommendations
Can a modern perfumier hold a candle to the Old Masters?
Sotheby’s has hired Lyn Harris to respond to Dutch Golden Age paintings with her ‘olfactory poetic landscapes’ – but Rakewell smells a rat
Money really talks at Art Basel Miami Beach
Art-fair visitors who aren’t afraid to declare their worth can take advantage of MSCHF’s very public ATM machine
Paris takes a revolutionary approach to its Olympic mascot
Phrygian cap or pussy hat? The mascot for the 2024 Paris Olympics seems to be making a bid for freedom
The curse of Tutankhamun strikes again – but it’s nothing that can’t be fixed with glue
The breaking of a plaque to commemorate Howard Carter in Luxor isn’t a wholly inappropriate way to mark the centenary of his great discovery
The first billion-dollar auction? Plus ça change…
The sale of masterpieces at Christie’s shattered records – but has it really changed the art market?
How does a ‘prank’ Basquiat measure up to the great art-world hoaxes?
Selling a misattributed work was a ‘prank’, according to André Heller – which leads Rakewell to reflect on the real classics of the genre
The King’s new portrait is right on the money
They are symbols of great change, but Rakewell finds pleasing continuities in the new Charles III coins
At last! A prime minister who knows how to dress
Thomas Blaikie pens a paean to the new emperor’s clothes
Salad days for satirists – a farewell to Liz Truss
She has been outlasted by a lettuce – but could the Iceberg Lady take comfort from a pear-shaped French king?
‘She changed how we encounter sculpture’ – remembering Phyllida Barlow (1944–2023)