Alcohol is a poor resource in helping us to cope with stress or unhappiness. Indeed, far from drowning our sorrows, it may ‘teach them how to swim’. Photograph: PA

There has been much debate and discussion in Ireland recently about intoxicating substances and our relationship with them. In the past few days atten(...)

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

The surrealist artist and writer Leonora Carrington died in Mexico in 2011. She was 94, and had led an eventful and productive life, from reluctant d(...)

A detail from  Elina Brotherus’s La Main. Photographs courtesy of Raccolta Della Fotografia Galleria Civica di Modena.

Does it matter what an artist looks like? Surely we should only care about the work they do. Yet we are usually very curious about appearances, perhap(...)

First thing in the morning, Heinz Berggruen liked to greet his beloved paintings. Wandering around the Berlin villa that houses his remarkable coll(...)

Independence Plaza in the centre of Mexico City. Independence Plaza in the centre of Mexico City.
Down Mexico way

If you’re flying to Mexico city, leave your preconceptions on the plane. “Don’t ask me. I hate the place”, said a banker acquaintance, when we aske(...)