The fake Prada shop erected by Elmgreen and Dragset in  the middle of the desert between Marfa and neighbouring Valentine. Photograph: Getty

To get to Marfa, I flew to Dallas then on to El Paso, hired a car and drove four hours out into the New Mexico desert. There were cranberry farms, (...)

Auctioneer Garrett O’Connor in Dublin holding the prized Damien Hirst painting that sold at an anonymous auction for just €380. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA

It had to be star power: how else do you explain the figures fetched at the Christie’s contemporary art auction in New York last May, as $745 milli(...)

Three Studies for Portrait of George Dyer by Francis Bacon, sold in London for £26.7 million (€33.6m)

Monday, June 30th Sotheby’s, London. Contemporary Art auction. Three Studies for Portrait of George Dyer (triptych painting) by Francis Bacon, £26.7 (...)

Lynn Barber: ‘If I know somebody as a real person, I don’t then feel I can write about them because I know things about them that I shouldn’t know.’ Photograph: Joanne O’Brien

Lynn Barber is not happy to see me. Proper order. This is, after all, the woman they call “Demon Barber” and a woman who wrote of me – accurately – in(...)

Aidan Brooks: his Tribeca Holdings got involved with US firm Ashkenazy on the purchase of Old Spitalfields Market in London

Aidan Brooks, the Limerick property man and pal of JP McManus, probably didn’t reckon upon Tracey Emin – the celebrity British artist behind seminal w(...)

An exhibit at Mona in Tasmania

A Tasmanian gambler with self-diagnosed Asperger’s and a searing disregard for authority and religion has become the overlord of one of the mos(...)

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

You might be familiar with the experience of seeing a face in the clouds, but artist Stuart Semple upped the ante when he set about creating clouds(...)

Detail from Vater-Angst (2012) by Pawel Kleszczewski, from All Man: The Show at Dublin’s Talbot Gallery

One of the problems with feminism is that there’s a temptation to think the battles have all been won. Another is that some see the goal of feminism a(...)

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

The most surprising thing about this year’s Turner Prize exhibition, which opened last night, is that it’s taking place in Derry. It’s a far-flung ven(...)

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(...)