Rosita Boland What would you like in your stocking? The attention span I used to have, plus the focus to read several books a month. All(...)

Detail from  ‘Preparing for the Dance’ by Joseph Carraud

Tuesday, November 11th Adam’s, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. The Ib Jorgensen Art sale. With 80 per cent of lots sold. Girl With Sunflower by Colin Midd(...)

JP O’Malley: ‘My hope, with this new event, is to bring the Irish expatriate community together for a regular night of culture and conversation.’

I interviewed the Irish novelist and journalist Colm Tóibín a few years ago about a book of essays he had just published, New Ways To Kill Your Mot(...)

Detail from ‘Seated Figure’ (Red Cardinal) by Francis Bacon has a top estimate of $60 million

In November last year, Three Studies of Lucian Freud, a triptych painting by Irish-born British artist Francis Bacon sold at Christie’s, New York for (...)

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

In the museum business – if you can look on it as a business for a moment – it is said that if you want a surefire winner of an exhibition, one tha(...)

Review: Lurky! Lurky!

Lurky! Lurky!Samuel Beckett Theatre***Flagged as a “choreographed live edited dance film”, Emma Fitzgerald and Aine Stapleton’s performance piece is a(...)

Sun worshipper: August Engelhardt, founder of the Cocovore community

‘There’s this true story about when Oliver North came to Ireland,” says Adrian McKinty. “It’s a crackpot idea, but he gets himself an Irish passport a(...)

A Francis Bacon small-format triptych of his lover George Dyer made what Sotheby’s called a “landmark” price of £26.7 million (€33.4 million) yesterday in a contemporary art sale that surpassed estimates and set records in London. Photograph: Reuters. 1:52

A Francis Bacon small-format triptych of his lover George Dyer made what Sotheby’s called a “landmark” price of £26.7 million (€33.4 million) yesterda(...)

Patrick ScallonPHOTOGRAPH: JOHN DOLAN

At three in the morning under cover of darkness in Paris, a 16th Bronzino portrait of a young sculptor was lifted carefully from its position in the L(...)

Strong prices: A sculpture of cartoon figure Popeye by Jeff Koons was sold to Las Vegas casino operator Steve Wynn for $28.1 million at Sotheby’s

More than $1 billion was spent at Christie’s and Sotheby’s in New York this week in a series of record-breaking auctions. Among the highlights was a (...)