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

What Is and What Might Be – Ten contemporary painters Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda **** The Drogheda Arts Festival has been and gone bu(...)

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

DMC (Dunmurray May-Day Conspiracy) – Aoibheann Greenan Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin *** Aoibheann Greenan crams a lot into Temple Bar Ga(...)

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

The Floating World – Clare Langan Visual Centre, Carlow **** If you were asked to sum up Clare Langan’s The Floating World in three wo(...)

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

There’s often an element of hype involved when an artist is described as “long-neglected” or “rediscovered”, but both terms are entirely justified (...)

Bent Knees Are a Give by Isabel Nolan

Bent Knees Are a Give – Isabel Nolan Kerlin Gallery, Dublin **** The poet and priest John Donne died in 1631. His memorial statue, at (...)

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

Last year the painter Mick O’Dea approached me to ask if I would contribute a short text to a publication on three of his exhibitions at the Kevin (...)

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

Seven Treasures Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle *****   Cloisonné is an ancient enamelling technique. As a process, the(...)

Clew Bay by Letitia Hamilton

In a real sense, the AIB Art Collection fell victim to the implosion of the Irish banking system. In a rush to judgment in the heated atmosphere of(...)

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

Rose Wylie Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin **** Having studied painting in the 1950s, Rose Wylie put her work on the back burner so that (...)

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

Passion & Persuasion: Images of Baroque Saints National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin ****   In a way, Passion & Persuas(...)