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.

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 (...)

Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards. Photograph: Christie’s Images Ltd

A painting by Dublin-born artist Francis Bacon sold for $80.8 million (€58.9 million) in New York last night. The triptych painting Three Studies for (...)

Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards. Photograph: Christie’s Images Ltd

Another painting by Dublin-born artist Francis Bacon is poised to sell for $100 million, or more, at auction in New York tomorrow. Christie’s will of(...)

A painting believed to be the only authentic image of Shakespeare made during his life. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

They come crawling out again, the Shakespeare conspiracy theorists. The 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth fell sometime this week. (His officia(...)

Hanif Kureishi: ‘You want to get more economical as you get older and get more work out quickly.’ Photograph: Getty Images

In Intimacy , Hanif Kureishi’s unflinching 1997 novel about infidelity, he wrote the followi(...)