Custom House Lisbon  by Stephen McKenna

A fascination with Europe as a ritual cultural entity is reflected in these paintings from 1980 onward

Pictures from the Surface by Tadhg McSweeney

McSweeney’s collaged sculptures are a delight; while an Adam’s show looks north

Russian artist Varvara Shavrova at her exhibition Borders, at the Shed. Photograph: Andrew Downes

The China-Russia border, dystopian visions, an uneasy road trip and feats of origami feature in four festival exhibitions

Galway International Arts Festival volunteer Eilis O’Gara at Relativity. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

It’s life but not as we know it: Australian artist Patricia Piccinini uses silicon, fibreglass and hair to make strange creatures (...)

Detail from Light Touch by Michael Coleman

Michael Coleman puts on an almost perfect show; a piece of Birmingham moves to Temple Bar; and Amelia Stein goes close to the edge(...)

Premises by Ramon Kassam

Ramon Kassam looks for the most elegant solution; Gavin Hogg takes a Jungian path; and a posthumous Martin Folan show exudes integ(...)

Detail from Narciso by Sandro Chia

Three artists at Hillsboro share a love for a great Italian tradition; and Catherine Barron throws herself into her work

Detail of Stéphane Béna Hanly’s Length of a Legacy (2015)

Project’s big summer show is an unwieldy but thought-provoking display

Russborough and the Beit collection together form a national treasure, and should be treated as such

Detail from Dead Bird by Jenny Wood Sullivan of DIT

NCAD’s troubles spilled into its degree show, although there was work of note there and at DIT and IADT

Echt by Bedwyr Williams

Bedwyr Williams shows us a broken-down future; while Gypsy Ray’s photographs display great warmth

The ‘haphazard autopsy’ of Four Fold by Sam Keogh

Sam Keogh’s fine new exhibition explores our treatment of human remains and what it reveals about us

Detail from And When Did You Last See Your Father by Abigail O’Brien

Against the odds, the RHA is still around, with this year’s exhibition one of its best. And despite our changing tastes, portrait (...)

Detail from Victoria Park 2 by Hannah Brown

Karla Black’s Imma show falls short of allowing access to an imaginative space

Japanese pavilion: thousands of keys hang as part of Chiharu Shiota’s installation The Key in the Hand, at the 56th Biennale of Arts, in Venice. Photograph: Domenico Stinellis/AP

Venice’s first African-born curator, Okwui Enwezor, is on a mission to clean up the spiritual home of the art world and remind us (...)

Photographs from Ciarán Óg Arnold’s book. He is an astute observer with an eye for telling detail, whether it be a solitary figure in the crowd whose expression suddenly gives the game away or revealing an otherwise disguised depth and sensitivity

Visual Art: Ciarán Óg Arnold’s photographic book shows us a world of drinking, messing and masculine swagger

Neil Carroll’s How Many Is a Million? from the exhibition What Is and What Might Be at Highlanes Gallery

Two intriguing group exhibitions ask whether we can believe our eyes

Aoibheann Greenan’s exhibition DMC (Dunmurray May-Day Conspiracy)

This week’s shows feature a mythologised car and superstition, emerging artists, and beautiful woodturning

Dubai Left Panel 1 by Clare Langan, from her exhibition The Floating World

Exhibitions by Clare Langan and Diana Copperwhite succeed, while a group show in Carlow is less certain

Sculptures by Gerda Frömel, clockwise from bottom left: Animal (1963), courtesy the artist’s estate; Moon and Hill (1971), courtesy Imma collection; Spear (1973), courtesy Imma collection; Eve (1974), courtesy the artist’s estate; and Head (circa 1967), private collection

The nuanced, neglected work of the Czech-born artist, who made her home in Ireland, gets an outing in an Imma retrospective

Bent Knees Are a Give by Isabel Nolan

Installations, painting, etchings and photography: four Dublin shows have it all

Detail from Good Bye To all That by Mick O’Dea

Books about the work of O’Dea and Robert Armstrong are, respectively, provocative and sumptuous

Kyoto lidded vase, mark of Namikawa Yasuyuki, circa 1890. Copyright Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The golden age of this ancient enamelling technique is given an exceptional showcase

Clew Bay by Letitia Hamilton

Far from being a corporate bauble, the AIB Art Collection, featuring Sir John Lavery, Jack B Yeats and Roderic O’Conor among othe(...)

Inglourious Basterds (film notes) 2010 by Rose Wylie. Courtesy of the artist and Union, London

At 81, the British artist is gaining recognition by avoiding artifice and artiness

From left: St Mary Magdalene in the Wilderness, circa 1625, by Domenichino; St Sebastian Tended by St Irene, circa 1650-52, by Luca Giordano; St Rufina (1630s) by Francisco de Zurbarán. Photographs: copyright National Gallery of Ireland

The power of these images goes far beyond their historical significance

The Closing of Mystical Anarchism by Clodagh Emoe. Photograph: Sean Breithaupt

A series of exhibitions organised from the Hugh Lane Gallery play with ideas around institutional critique

Cornelia Parker’s installation War Room in the Whitworth Gallery in the University of Manchester

The expanded Manchester gallery is looking to make an explosive impact

Detail from Thicket by Anthony Lyttle

His densely patterned works have an in-between quality that unsettles the eye but also keeps it interested

One of four adjoining, spacious lightboxes that form an extensive arena in My Mind’s I by Janet Mullarney

Mullarney sets memorable characters loose on stage; while Seawright shows us malevolent landscapes

One of Mark Garry’s trademark rainbows of coloured thread

The sense of something fleeting and fading gives exhibitions by Garry, Tjibbe Hooghiemstra and Nick Miller their strength

Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A new weekly column brings you curated lists from Irish Times experts. Here, our art critic suggests 10 Irish paintings worth see(...)

A production still from Gareth Kennedy’s The Last Wooden House of Kupchino. Photograph: Ekaterina Sytnik

The artist’s latest projects centre on what he calls ‘folk fictions’

A still from Niamh O’Malley’s film Nephin at the Douglas Hyde Gallery

The artist’s exhibition is a tactful, tentative intrusion into the Douglas Hyde Gallery’s brutalist fabric

Sean Lynch. Photograph: Deirdre Power

Among this year’s essential exhibitions is Lynch’s Biennale show, which will tour Ireland after Italy

Fossil shark tooth Carcharodon megalodon, USA Natural History Collection/National Museum of Ireland and John Comerford Robert Emmet (1778-1803), c.1803. Watercolour on ivory in a silver-gilt pendant. National Gallery of Ireland Collection

The artist juxtaposes works and objects from seven national institutions to uncover some small truths

The Great Gallery. Photograph courtesy of the trustees of the Wallace Collection

The London gem’s Great Gallery gets a £5 million makeover

Patrick Scott and some of his work in the Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square, Dublin: ‘At its best, that work possesses a timeless purity and elegance.’ Photography: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Through his painting and design work, the late artist changed our view of ourselves

’Eva International’, in Limerick, was on a par with other art biennials

Lovely Water No 747 by Gary Coyle

The fine gallery is part of the flagship Lexicon library, a testament to civic generosity

Commotion, a tapestry by Vera Klute

The German-born artist’s exceptional show is disturbing and even slightly creepy

The Ground Itself Is Kind, Black Butter, by Eoin Mc Hugh

A convincing exhibition channels the artist’s interest in psychoanalysis and the Rorschach test

Still from Arbeit. Courtesy of the artist and Rodeo, Istanbu/London

Films at Imma by the Dublin-born artist approach their subjects – including Bernadette Devlin McAliskey – obliquely, including the(...)

The meta-perceptual helmets offer a portal into other organisms’ view of the world. They are now at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris

Visual art: The artistic partnership’s helmets offer a glimpse of life as different species

Sleeper, by Mark Wallinger

Its theme is the anxiety of life in the modern world, but the annual festival is rock steady

Nick Miller, winner of the Hennessy prize, with his portrait of Barrie Cooke, entitled Last Sitting, at the National Gallery yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Painting of the late Barrie Cooke is selected from shortlist of 12 works

Still from Giant (2013) by Salla Tykkä

A new international art prize in Belfast’s Mac has a mix of great and indifferent material

Damien Hirst in front of one of his works. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Dalí, Bacon, Warhol, Hirst: they are not con artists but their reputations are overinflated

Included in Vue is ‘Facing North III (summer version)’ by Oliver Comerford, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery

Buyers love art fairs, and Vue is bringing the top Irish galleries together in Dublin

Detail from The Wedding Party by Mick O’Dea

Visual Art: The third in Mick O’Dea’s trilogy on a seminal era of Ireland’s history is perceptive

Detail from Night Time in LA by Patrick Morrison. Photograph: Ciaran Connelly

Utopia and dystopia loom large in the work of the Cork-born painter, who died last year

Je Me Souviens (2007) by Peter Gallo

Visual Arts: Gallo sets out to offer an alternative way of looking at art history

Timothy Spall as Joseph Mallard William Turner in ‘Mr Turner’

They certainly don’t have to be, and Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner is a shining example

From Joe Wilson’s book ‘Into the Mountains: Images from the Twelve Bens’

Visual Art: The Twelve Bens are vividly captured in Wilson’s picture book; plus reviews of Kevin Cosgrove and selected works from (...)

Allyson Keehan is best known for her sumptuous, exact paintings of draped fabrics

An exhibition in Mayo explores the ways we read and process media images

Patricia Burns’s Dark #1 (2014)

Bits of shark and a barrister’s wig: there is no mistaking Cross’s work

Second Sight: Light Work AIR2 by Doug DuBois, at Imma

Visual-art reviews: Photographs from a US-based Irish doctor are transforming Imma’s collection

Enclosed Ring Fort (1970) by Maria Simonds-Gooding

The Kerry-based artist is a singular figure

Student Franceska Alexander working at Lodestar School of Art. Photograph: Nora Duggan

Denis Farrell created the Lodestar school at the stunning Connemara location out of frustration with the drift of art education

Clockwise from far left, a work from ‘Circle in the Square’ by Marilyn Lerner; Cloud Tyvek by Max Streicher at St Mary’s; O by Karen Donnellan; and Róisín de Buitléar’s blown-glass musical instruments

In the visual arts strand, there is evidence of joined-up thinking in the inclusion of abstract painter Marilyn Lerner, sonic glas(...)

Parangolé P4 Cape 1 (1964). Photograph: Sergio Zalis

A retrospective of the late artist illuminates his remarkable artistic evolution

Pop Art pioneer: one of the images from Eduardo Paolozzi’s ‘General Dynamic FUN’ collection

Broad in scope and well presented, the exhibitions of Galway International Arts Festival reward visitors of all stripes

In John Kindness’s exhibition Odysseus, we find car bonnets, panels from electrical goods, toilet seats and old clothing pressed into service as supports for images painted, engraved or printed

Kindness cites James Joyce as his greatest influence, and he shares the writer’s fondness for building layers of meaning. His exhi(...)

Absorbing ideas: curator Pádraic E Moore. Photographer: Cyril Byrne

A new show has its roots in occult groups, such as Dublin’s Theosophical Society, and celebrates their influence on pop and coun(...)

Dog days: from Ciarán Healy’s DIT series The Familiar Wolf

It’s not an easy time to emerge from art college. But this year’s graduate exhibitions are full of work by students who deserve fu(...)

Here in Paradise by Jochen Gerz. Photograph: Peter Zoeller

A German artist in the Kerry tourism hot spot canvassed locals for their views

Playful: Someone and Someone by Eva Rothschild from the exhibition Vestibule in Merrion Square Park, Dublin. Photograph: Evan Buggle.

Merrion Square has a selection of sharp, new, modern sculptures – and one buried secret

‘Ladies Chatting’ by Genieve Figgis

The beauty in the RHA annual show is that while among the 560-plus works, you’re unlikely to be ambushed by art theory

Male, female, Israeli, Palestinian: the writer Uri Orlev with Colin Davidson in front of his portrait

The Belfast-born painter went to Israel to portray the plurality that a divided city needs

Material girl: Eva Rothschild. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Whether it’s by leaving a group of boys to explore her sculptures or by using a huge range of materials and processes, the Dublin-(...)

Margaret Corcoran with her work “The Seeing”. Photograph: Ollie Brookes

Coming across an unusual tree in a Jonathan Fisher painting led Corcoran into a dense thicket of iconography

Untitled painting by Wilhelm Sasnal. Image copyright the artist, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London

The Polish artist’s strange and cryptic paintings are inspired by Hans Christian Andersen and the illustrations of Andrzej Strumil(...)

‘Priority’ by Michael Patterson-Carver. Courtesy Laurel Gitlen, New York; and Timothy Taylor, London

EVA International is a reflection of our ‘current moment’, says curator Bassam El Baroni, with echoes of our not-so-distant future(...)

Sheela Gowda’s ‘Protest, My Son’. Photograph: Peter Cox

Sheela Gowda’s work points out the tensions between the modernising, powerhouse economy and an older India steeped in custom and t(...)

Pride of place: artists Jack Donovan and John Shinnors  in front of Donovan’s Suzannah and the Elders (1975) at the ‘Personal Choice’ exhibition.  Photograph: Alan Place.

John Shinnors has put together a showcase of creativity at the City of Culture’s school of art and design

Dorothy Cross and her Basking Shark Currach

The shore, and things found along it, including the washed-up, broken and dead, feature large in Cross’s exhibition

Digital Switchover, from Haroon Mirza’s 2012 exhibition at the Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen in Switzerland. Photograph: Gunnar Meier

The internationally acclaimed artist’s latest exhibition at Imma is a multimedia marvel that attempts to synthesise all art forms (...)

At the launch of the Hennessy/National Gallery of Ireland inaugural  portrait prize, from left: judges Donald Teskey, Janet McLean, Cristín Leach Hugh and Dr Declan Long. The portraits shown   are Evie Hone by Hilda van Stockum  and Seamus Heaney by Jackie Nickerson. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Hennessy join forces with National Gallery of Ireland in new award

Barrie Cooke at the opening night of his exhibition in the Kerlin Gallery in Dublin in 2007. Photograph: Fran Veale

Painter was based in Ireland since 1954 and was a leading contemporary artist

“I found a better way of expressing myself,” says Eddie Cahill. “It was a way of escaping a little, a way of distancing myself, I’d say.”

Eddie Cahill believes he escaped fate similar to that of brother Martin, the ‘General’

The burning car of Willie Doherty’s ‘Remains’ might indicate the obliteration of evidence but is also symbolic of perpetuity

Willie Doherty’s latest film installation is a fictional work with its feet in the real world

Artist Patrick Scott. He was described by Minister for the Arts Jimmy Deenihan as “a guiding light in the Irish art world for many decades”

Writer Anthony Cronin described Scott as ‘a person of great charm and presence’

Eric Pearce with artist Patrick Scott following their civil partnership ceremony last October. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Last October he entered into civil partnership with partner Eric Pearce

Circle of life: Patrick Scott in his studio. Photograph: Kevin Dunne

Painter, printmaker, architect, designer: Patrick Scott, who has died at the age of 93, made an inestimable contribution to Irish(...)

An installation built up from tightly spaced bands of coloured thread from Mark Garry’s exhibition A Winter Light at Sligo’s Model gallery.

The artist’s exhibition at Sligo’s Model incorporates thread installations, photographs, film and a musical collaboration featurin(...)

Andrea Büttner: drawn to philosophical, religious, artistic and political explorations of poverty as a conscious choice, as exemplified by, for example, St Francis of Assisi

Andrea Büttner’s art dispenses with market value concerns and recasts humble, workaday materials

Immersion project: Richard Mosse, installing The Enclave at the RHA. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill
Art of darkness

Richard Mosse’s dispatches from Congo, in ‘The Enclave’ at the Royal Hibernian Academy, dispense with familiar styles of war-zone (...)

From Assumptions: Assumption, by Robert Armstrong, inspired by Poussin

Robert Armstrong’s work is influenced by his training as an academic not to make easy assumptions about art

There are several accomplished portrait painters around today to tackle Brian Cowen. Photograph: Eric Luke

Some of our best artists have created uninspiring portraits of former leaders

Foam happy face clouds take to the sky on St Stephen’s Green  for the launch of First Fortnight 2014, which runs today to January 16th. Photograph: David Sleator

Stuart Semple says creative therapy saved his life, and since then he has championed its cause, created a cracking body of work (...)

The Library

A team of mainly non-builders has constructed four shacks in unspecified locations in Ireland, each with a specific purpose. In th(...)

Early years: the original building

Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, now 30 years old, are a vital part of Dublin’s cultural quarter

A photo issued by the Tate of ‘Wantee’ 2013 by Laure Prouvost which was tonight annunced as the winner of the Turner Prize 2013 in Derry. Photo credit should read: Laure Prouvost/MOTInternational/PA.

Prestigious art award presented in Derry, its first time outside Britain

‘Three Studies of Lucian Freud’ by Francis Bacon which sold for a world record $142.4m during Christie’s art sale in New York. Photograph: Christie’s Images via Getty Images

Artist’s top auction price prior to Tuesday was a still hefty $86.3m

Turner contender: a visitor looks at a painting by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Derry has delivered as a venue for the prestigious art award show – and is in danger of eclipsing the work by David Shrigley, Tino(...)

Turner Prize nominees Laure Prouvost, David Shrigley and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Show features animatronic male mannequin urinating in bucket

MOP by Sam Keogh

Oscar the Grouch was devised as a means of teaching a young audience about otherness. Artist Sam Keogh takes that concept and runs(...)

Interactive installation: Rhona Byrne’s Bolthole

The Irish Museum of Modern Art is reopening its main building, at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, with a weekend of family-friendly(...)

'Are you Really Syrious', 1953, oil on panel, 53.5 x 91.5 cm

Imma is showing a body of work by a contemporary of Frida Kahlo and Dali who has long been under-appreciated in a country that in(...)

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