Modern Experiments by Susan MacWilliams, an installation view. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

In her new show, Modern Experiments, Susan MacWilliam explores the paranormal, from people who see with their hands to those who m(...)

Chester Beatty Library’s collection of Japanese Surimono woodblock prints is considered among the finest in the world.

These Japanese prints were often made by groups rather than individual artists, and the result is a stunning attention to detail

Graham Norton and Gareth Reid with the latter’s portrait of the TV presenter and writer

Gareth Reid’s portrait of his distant relative Irish TV presenter Graham Norton is now on view in the National Gallery of Ireland(...)

The artist instils each piece with a wealth of thought in the Wexford Arts Centre

Metamurmuration (detail), 2015-2016, by Joanna Kidney

The things we are drawn to acquire reflect and express our personalities and more: our ideas about ourselves, our aspirations and (...)

What Is An Apparatus? (2016-2017) (Still) by Sean Lynch. Courtesy the artist, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin, and Ronchini Gallery, London

The artist asks probing questions about everything from the Burren interpretive centre to the Belfast Titanic Experience

Seán McSweeney and Gerard Smyth. “We found that the places we remembered overlapped in various ways,” says Smyth.  Photograph: Barry Cronin

Gerard Smyth and Seán McSweeney’s ‘The Yellow River’ explores their links to county

From left: “Deepdrippings (We Can’t Make Coffee Like the Continentals Version)”; and “Deepdrippings (Ghetto Anglaise Version)”, by Phillip Allen

Phillip Allen’s doodles grow into densely packed impastos with a curious gravity

The Sofas of LA by Andrew Ward, from Lacuna exhibition in Taylor Galleries

Ronan McCrea found a a set of BBC instructional films for mechanical engineering students and from them made something entirely ne(...)

Hegel Bollard, 2016, by Stephen Brandes. Courtesy of the artist and Oonagh Young Gallery

Brandes’s garden is a compendium of society’s broken dreams and vain hopes

 The Taking of Christ (cropped) by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, oil on canvas. Photograph: National Gallery of Ireland

Caravaggio was tetchy and combative, quick to take offence and always ready for a fight. That energy pours from the works in a new(...)

Daphne Wright: Stallion

‘Emotional Archaeology’ is rooted in domestic life, but quietly unsettling

Kathlyn O’Brien’s exhibition Altered Light

Kathlyn O’Brien speculates on identity and mortality in ‘Altered Light’, while Michael Beirne creates strange, hallucinatory visio(...)

Yvonne Farrell and Shelly McNamara, of Grafton Architects, at their office in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara ‘delighted to be gifted opportunity’, a significant honour and accolade for Grafton, and for I(...)

Barbara Knezevic: Exquisite Tempo Sector

Josef Sudek was known as the poet of Prague and after returning to the city after the first World War, he never left it again

John Berger in 2014: he  lived in a French village for many years  after  the success of the book and TV series  Ways of Seeing in the 1970s. Photograph: Jean Mohr

Photographer Jean Mohr’s long friendship with the late writer and art critic meant he was able to produce images full of biog(...)

An architectural drawing on display in the House and Home exhibition

Exhibition House and Home is a necessary resource for those interested in current issues

Love (2016) by Siobhán Hapaska.
Excavating old ideas

Two shows sum up a difficult year

At a preview of the IMMA Collection; Freud Project 2016-2021 which will open to the public on Friday 21st October, at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Culture review 2016: The 1916 Commemorations featured a welcome alternative historical narrative

The view form the floor: Corban Walker’s installation at the Lab. Photograph: Peter Varga

As the centenary draws to an end, now is a good time to visit the Pearse Museum

Duncan Campbell in front of  his film  Sigmar: “If you went into a small village in the 1960s and started asking people questions about their sex lives you weren’t going to get much of an answer.” Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Shining a light on recent history and exploding reductionism from a backroom

Untitled Gauze Painting by Kohei Nakata

A 20-year survey in one compact exhibition

Summit by Robert Armstrong, and Hem by Anna Bjerger at Slips and Glimpses, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Chancery Lane, Dublin

New work from Robert Armstrong, Anna Bjerger and Kathy Prendergast

 Gerry Davis (left), the 2016 Hennessy Portrait Prize winner,  with sitter Sean Guinan. Photo: Anthony Woods

Limerick graduate takes top prize and for the first time two others are highly commended

Figures at Night (Diptych),  1988, by David Crone. Photograph: Christopher Barr, courtesy of Crone, Ulster University

A retrospective of one of Ireland’s best living painters shows he is still innovating

Charles Tyrrell at the Taylor Galleries: he has embraced the  inherent nature of aluminium

Amorphous shapes and passages dominate, while Felim Egan tests new waters

Joggers by Michael Kane

Reading, writing and publishing have been significant areas of endeavour, not distinct from printmaking and painting, but all face(...)

John Behan’s “The Bull of Easter II”: “an ingenious amalgam of biology and technology”

Review: John Behan at the Solomon and Marion McKeever at the Assembly House

Edgy: work by John Coyle and Gary Coyle in Now Came Still Evening On at the Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon

John and Gary Coyle share hints of discord; John Butler Yeats demands close viewing

Piece by Anita Groener in Facebook’s Dublin office. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Dublin HQ of the social media giant is a hotbed of artistic activity and dynamism

Johanne Mullan, collections programmer at Imma, with Lucian Freud’s  “The Painter’s Mother Resting” at a preview of the Freud Project 2016-2021. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The 50 pieces in Freud Project are invaluable opportunity to assess British painter’s work

Hong Ling: A Peak of Reds

Huangshan region and landscape informs Hong Ling’s work

Blue Drift 5, by Graham Crowley

Artists’s response to ‘The Hay Wain’ is not nostalgia but modernity. Plus Stephen Loughman is inspired by WI postcards and Brian F(...)

A still from Jaki Irvine’s video and sound installation If the Ground Should Open . . . which will be in the Imma in December

Installation focuses on women of Rising and corporate Ireland greed 100 years later

‘The Baptism of the King of Cashel by St Patrick’ by James Barry.

A new exhibition at the National Gallery shows Ireland’s history in 55 paintings, and reveals a few secrets if you look carefully (...)

‘Crystal Chandelier’’, by Stephanie Rowe, at the Oliver Sears Gallery in London.

Mother’s Tankstation and the Oliver Sears Gallery have designs on the international art fairs

Paul Gregg’s  Amorphous, 2006, plastic and helium: at the RHA Gallagher Gallery

Vanessa Donoso López and Paul Gregg offer intriguing and conceptual artistic visions

Detail from Lacken Series: Cowslips, 2016 by Patrick Graham

Two Irish artists impress in iconoclastic paintings and a 1916-related video installation

David Hockney’s primary insinct seems always to be to produce work: ‘Self portrait’ 1954, collage on newsprint; ‘Margaret Hockney’ 2008, inkjet printed computer drawing on paper

MAC exhibition, a first for Ireland, is a fine collection with a focus on drawing

Detail from Mary (2014) by Alec Soth. Courtesy of the artist

Photographer Alec Soth, who was a painfully shy teenager, has gone on to produce one of the most socially engaged bodies of work i(...)

Coast Scene with Europa and the Bull (1634) by Claude Lorrain. Copyright National Gallery of Ireland

You are unlikely to see so much of this collection again, so make a point of visiting. Plus: a new show by painter Ian Cumberland (...)

Untitled by Paul Doran (2016)

Plus: Finnish women let us into their lives with humour

Triptych from The Viewing of Six New Works by Michael Snow.  Copyright Michael Snow. Courtesy the artist, Jack Shainman Gallery and Butler Gallery. Photograph: Roland Paschoff

The Canadian artist sets his sights on Kilkenny; and Damien Flood is like a Miró in Dún Laoghaire

Frontier (2016) by Michael John Whelan

Artist Michael John Whelan is continuously drawn to the world’s most northerly settlement of more than 1,000 people

Not to be Known by Aideen Barry

In Aideen Barry’s work divisions between human, animal, automaton and mechanical devices blur

From left, Apartments Aleppo (2016); and Over Our Heads the Hollow Seas Closed Up (2016), both by Brian Maguire; and The Aquarius Monument by Alex de Roeck from Small . . . Far Away. Maguire images courtesy the artist and Kerlin Gallery

Brian Maguire’s paintings try to address the experiences of society’s outsiders

Detail from It Takes a Village by Una Sealy

Una Sealy couldn’t wait to escape Howth. What went wrong?

The Woolworths Choir of 1979 (2012)

The Turner Prize winner describes the moment 10 years ago when her pioneering video art took a new, fascinating turn

From left: Spectres of Modernity by Ruth McHugh, a work by Giancarlo Marcali from Foreign Bodies; a piece by Sue Kneebone from Border Crossings

Vulnerable bodies and the dispossessed also feature in three Galway International Arts Festival highlights

 Hughie O’Donoghue: ‘If you want to get at all close to a true version of events, you have to make room for the inconvenient bits as well.’ Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The artist’s new exhibition explores the personal and political, ‘the complex, detailed, contingencies of people’s lives’

Gordana by Dragana Jurisic

Photographer Dragana Jurisic picked up a camera after her father's entire archive was destroyed. And that's not the only mystery i(...)

In Life (i) (2016) by Caoimhe Kilfeather

Things resonate in Caoimhe Kilfeather’s work but usually confound your expectations

Town, Country, People (1985-86) by Locky Morris

A group exhibition curated by Janet Mullarney is accessible, unpredictable and rewarding

Work by Jane Rainey

Bumper year with third- and fourth-year graduates’ marathon exhibitions

View of Ryou-Un Maru by Brian Duggan at Project Arts Centre. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Brian Duggan has made a fishing boat thought lost in the 2011 tsunamis the centre of his exhibition at Project

A still from Our Kind by Alan Phelan

Separate exhibitions highlight the complexities and ambiguities of Casement and explore the many identities that have been thrust (...)

Paper Bloom by Katie Moore

Katie Moore’s Ballina residency commemorating 1916 is exceptionally effective

Looker, undated by Merlin James

A retrospective displays the Welsh painter’s ‘art of deceptive modesty’

Stampede by Vera Klute

The German artist Vera Klute does not take a cosy view of motherhood and family

Pure Codology by Elaine Byrne

Elaine Byrne’s foray into the wordplay of Ulysses is ingenious and entertaining

Astill from Andrew Pike’s animation Going to War over a Banana Truck (2009-2010)

A strong show by the KCat collective is refreshingly free of irony and knowingness

Triptych: Casten Höller’s installation One, Some, Many  appears at three venues during this year’s EVA International

The in-demand artist, who’s showing at this year’s EVA International, offers ‘unique inner experiences that can be used for the ex(...)

Detail from The Curved Street (Youghal) by John Doherty

A talented trio focus on plants, backwoods scenes and crumbling facades

Detail from Matriline, a Kathleen Lynn Mosaic by Mary Kelly

A sprawling show pays tribute to Lynn, a humanitarian who was airbrushed from the 1916 picture

A view of the Sabine Mac Mahon exhibition So Through the Singing Land He Passed

Mac Mahon’s exhibition invites us to examine the construction of cultural myths both old and modern

The main quadrangle at the British Museum in London. Photograph: Getty Images

Perhaps surprisingly, museums are thriving in the digital age, but they must commit to constant innovation in order to capture the(...)

Detail from a photograph from Enda Bowe’s At Mirrored River

Enda Bowe’s photographs of an unnamed Irish town reveal young people on the brink of greater awareness

Kassim by the Sea (1978). Copyright the artist’s estate

The Cork artist had his critics, but his sexuality was not the issue

Detail from Within Herself by Veronica Bolay

It’s original home burned down during the Rising, but the RHA has become a vital part of the Irish art scene

A detail from Richard Gorman’s Iwano Series II (2015)

Gorman’s work on kozo paper is quite something to behold – but don’t ask him how much it cost a sheet

Untitled (Sammy Watching) by Bill Lynch

The vital art in Bill Lynch’s first ever exhibition (sadly posthumous) displays a heavy Chinese influence

Some of the Elgin Marbles, which Greece wants back. Photograph: Getty

James Cuno of the Getty Foundation says that antiquities belong to us all, not to the states where they happen to be, and that the(...)

Artistic director Vanessa Fielding and Annemarie Kilshaw

The arts centre has had a chequered, nomadic history but things are looking up

Head of Catherine Lampert (1986) by Frank Auerbach

The artist says he coped fine with the death of both his parents in Auschwitz – but does his modus operandi suggest otherwise?

A still from The Architects (2014) by Amie Siegel

Amie Siegel’s essay films are full of ideas, and Eddie Kennedy’s paintings are informed by Mayo

Adam and Eve (2013) by Yinka Shonibare. Copyright the artist; courtesy Steven Friedman Gallery, London

The British-Nigerian artist’s colourful sculptures explore postcolonial identity

Detail from The Woods by Ed Miliano

Three exhibitions showcase different aspects of modern painting to great effect

David Farrell’s Easter Arbour Hill  (2012)

Two views of the Rising and the Ireland it helped to create

Adventure Capital (2015) by Sean Lynch. Photograph: copyright Studioworks Photography 2016

Lynch’s Venice Biennale exhibition, now on tour, is quite an achievement

The Doggers (2014) by Sheila Rennick

The characters Rennick paints are deluded but she refuses to ridicule them; and exhibitions by Julie Merriman and Maeve McCarthy h(...)

Imperial City (2015) by Mick O’Dea. Courtesy of the artist and Kevin Kavanagh Gallery. Photograph: Emile Deneen

A clash of cultures makes for a powerful show

Black Square (still) by Grace Weir. Courtesy of the artist

Grace Weir’s latest films focus on her interest in science

Antony Gormley. Photograph: Eric Luke

Gormley is once again getting a warm reception at Imma, having been part of the gallery’s inaugural exhibition in 1991. He talks a(...)

Bleach Box by Cian Donnelly, from Periodical Review #5

The Coombe-based arts group’s periodical is a valuable exercise; and George Bolster takes on the delicate subject of depression

Darly’s Comic Prints: The Macaroni Print Shop, After Edward Topham (1751-1820). Copyright trustees of the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin

Not much is known about London husband-and-wife satirists the Darlys, but their work remains sharp

Detail from Globe by Michael Le Belhomme, the main prizewinner of the Solas Prize

What stands out at the Solas show is the richness of the award-winning Irish work

Left, The Slow Reveal; and, right, Yellow Leaning on Flimsy Greens (both 2015) by Liliane Tomasko

For the Swiss-born artist and photographer, the unmade bed is a metaphor for the reality of daily life

The studio of Edward McGuire, which his wife, Sally Maguire, donated to Imma. Photograph: Nick Miller

Nick Miller was inspired by working in the late Edward McGuire’s donated studio

‘ ‘Raymond 1’, by David Stephenson, bought by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown

A touring exhibition celebrates three decades of local-authority support for artists. Where does that commitment stand today, and (...)

Reports to an Academy by Ailbhe Ní Bhriain

A disruptive power is evident in three shows that play with our perceptions of the world

Clare Langan’s Skellig Triptych

Galway’s annual winter arts festival is, fittingly enough, all about the weather

A Showroom for Granby Workshop by Assemble. Photograph: Keith Hunter Photography

It should embarrass the contemporary art world that the front runners for the prestigious prize are not artists

Detail from Head of a Woman (1906) by Walter Sickert

The 40 pieces from the UK’s Arts Council Collection on show in Drogheda are expertly chosen

The late American media artist was ahead of her time, but her reputation is now catching up with her powerful work; and Mayo artis(...)

A series of paintings by Richard Gorman in the RHA  Annual Exhibition in 2014. Photograph: David Sleator

Gorman won the prize for a series of prints made at Stoney Road Press

Curator Koyo Kouoh

In-demand Cameroonian curator Koyo Kouoh will relate next year’s EVA to the historical significance of 1916

Brian Ballard at his retrospective at Rathfarnham Castle

The Belfast painter's work has aged very well

Detail from ‘Private James Graham, shot at 7:22am on December 21st, 1915, at a former abattoir in Pas-de-Calais’ by Chloe Dewe Mathews

Chloe Dewe Mathews visited sites where first World War servicemen were executed

David (2012) by Jackie Nickerson (copyright Jackie Nickerson/courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, NY); and a portrait of Charles Coote, 1st Earl of Bellamont, by Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792; National Gallery of Ireland)

A National Gallery show juxtaposes Jackie Nickerson photos from Africa with portraits of western privilege; and Makiko Nakamura’s (...)

Detail from Rest Energy (1980), by Marina Abramovic and Ulay. Copyright Marina Abramovic and Ulay; courtesy the Sean Kelly Gallery, New York

A kiss is not just a kiss in this big Imma show about a big emotion

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