Grason Perry’s The Agony in the Car Park from The Vanity of Small Differences at the RHA, Dublin

Encounters between the human and institutional, plus a history of Dublin in nine maps

Art in Focus: Painting of a Hindu woman with a covered cup,from about 1640, is extremly unusual

Stephanie Deady: Aughrim House VII

Visual Art: Stephanie Deady’s paintings of sparse interiors provide a blank canvas for ideas

Eric Massheder. Leeds, 1975. and Ready Mixed Concrete, Leeds, by Peter Mitchell

Ordinary city scenes caught on a space camera and Tony O’Malley residency artist Stephanie Deady’s austere look at home living

Elizabeth Magill, Headland (1), 2017, oil and screen-print on canvas, 153 x 183.5cm / 60.2 x 72.2in (Courtesy of the artist and the Kerlin Gallery)

Art in focus: Elizabeth Magill, Headland (1)

Sweeping views: Shannon, lithograph, 2009 by Dietrich Blodau

Retrospective of the German artist’s work is at the Hunt Museum in Limerick

Issue 5+6 of Aspen magazine:  edited and designed by Brian O’Doherty in 1967, it challenged the idea of magazines and art. Photograph: © Aspen Magazine/Authors

Art in Focus: ‘Aspen 5+6’ is an exhibition in a cardboard container rather than a gallery

Installation view of ‘Periodical Review #7’ curated by PPS & RGKSKSRG (Gavin Murphy, Mark Cullen, Rachael Gilbourne & Kate Strain) in Pallas Projects, Dublin. Photograph: Kasia Kaminska

Destruction of Waterford’s R&H Hall building and 60 years of Irish and Japanese fashion

Canadian artist Rodney Graham. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

Vancouver School artist with a culturally vivid show at The Irish Museum of Modern Art

Joseph Mallord William Turner’s (1775-1851) Storm at the Mouth of the Grand Canal, Venice, c. 1840, part of the   Good Morning Mr Turner exhibition at the National  Gallery of Ireland which run from January 1st-31st

Art in focus: Storm at the Mouth of the Grand Canal, Venice by JMW Turner

Detail from Female Nudes with Horse and Viaduct by Mary Swanzy.   Photograph: Courtesy Pyms Gallery, London

A Mary Swanzy exhibition at Imma, a major Emil Nolde collection, a special programme of events to commemorate Alfred Chester Beatt(...)

’Inflected Arcade House’, Arakawa and Gins, Shonky: The Aesthetic of Awkwardness, The MAC, Belfast. Copyright Estate of Madeline Gins Foundation

Also, Art@Work in Galway and The Breath from Fertile Grounds

Hunters in the Snow (Winter), Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1565), 162x170cms. Image courtesy of Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

Art in focus: you’ll have to make your way to Vienna to view Hunters in the Snow

From particular ocean views to exaggerating in the interests of truth

David Eager Maher, Fruit Tree, 2017, oil on panel, 50cm x 60cm

Visual Art: David Eager Maher’s paintings blur the lines between nature and culture

Berthe Morisot was and is rightly regarded as a central figure of Impressionism.

Berthe Morisot’s ‘Jour d’Eté’ can be seen and enjoyed at the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin

An exhibition of stunning quality: Vermeer at The National Gallery of Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Ticket Awards: Vermeer at National Gallery of Ireland comes in second place

‘Fruit Tree’, David Eager Maher, 2017, Oliver Sears Gallery

Also, Arrival in Dún Laoghaire and David Eager Maher’s Locus

Russborough House is  currently closed for urgent electrical and other works. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Cornfield by Jacob van Ruisdael will now go to the Ulster Museum in Belfast

Image from Gerard Byrne’s video installation ‘In Our Time’ (for for Skulptur Projekte Münster), at the Kerlin Gallery, Dublin. Photograph: courtesy of LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur (Westfälisches Landesmuseum), Münster

Gerard Byrne reckons commercial radio is genius minimalist artwork. So he built his own

The Chasm Records (Hanukkah menorah, 1940s), installation view at Project Arts Centre, 2017. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh. Photos courtesy project Arts Centre

VIsual art reviews: From Fake Mountains to Faith by Szabolcs KissPál; and The nature of drifting by Ulrich Vogl

'Men of Destiny'. A group of men who are tying up a fishing boat on the shore at the end of a day. A masted fishing boat on the water. The setting sun on the horizon. – Jack B Yeats, 'Men of Destiny', 1946. © Estate of Jack B Yeats, DACS London/IVARO Dublin, 2017

Art in focus: Jack B Yeats’s 'Men of Destiny' can accommodate a range of thematic concerns

‘Dog on lakeshore’, acrylic on canvas, 60cm x 60cm Almha Roche, Pop-Up 2017 in Merrion Square, Dublin

Also, Self-Reflections in Banbridge, Turbulence in Sligo and Interfaces in The Burren

Body Farm: Wood, glue, acrylic, dust, 2013. All photographs by Ros Kavanagh

In a vast central space of what seems to be an art gallery, a display of strange, sculptural objects

Rodney Graham’s ‘The Gifted Amateur’,  from a private collection, curtesy Hauser & Wirth. Photograph: Ken Adlard

Rodney Graham at Imma, Dietrich Blodau retrospective and Emma Finucane’s work inspired by nursing and midwifery

  Caravaggio’s “Boy Peeling Fruit”  at  “Beyond Caravaggio”, at the National Gallery of Ireland, one of the standout exhibitions of 2017. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The National Gallery enjoyed the most momentous year in its history

A photograph from the exhibition The Light Gleams an Instant

Danish photographer Krass Clement took the pictures in 1991 but he insists not much has changed

Jack Hickey with  his painting My Time, which has won the 2017 Hennessy Portrait Prize

Hickey wins €15,000 first prize and a commission of €5,000

Zane Sutra beside her portrait on the wall of the National Gallery of Ireland as part of the Hennessy Portrait Prize. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

Disparate, arresting . . . these works reveal the diversity inherent in the genre of portraiture

Detail of Stephen McKenna Poussinesque – Euphoria (2012) oil on canvas 120x150cm. Image courtesy: The Stephen McKenna Estate and Kerlin Gallery

Art in focus: ‘Poussinesque – Euphoria’ by Stephen McKenna

A work by Martin Gale which features in Wonderment at Claremmorris Gallery. Photoraph:

Family life in focus in Oonagh Hurley’s pensive works while Claremorris Gallery celebrates 10 years

Seán Hillen, The Queen of Heaven Appears at Newgrange, 1994

The valley’s concentration of significant sites proves fertile ground for seven artists

Krass Clement, ‘Drum’. Photograph: Krass Clement

Bicentenary of birth of George Victor Du Noyer’s birth, Gwen O’Dowd prints and two Ballaghs team up

Washford Pyne 11 is a landscape painting by  English artist Hannah Brown.  A grass trail leads into the darkness of a tree line.

Art in Focus: Hannah Brown’s Washford Pyne, 11

A detail from Salvator Mundi, an ethereal portrait of Jesus Christ which dates to about 1500, and is said to be the last privately owned Leonardo da Vinci painting. Photograph: Courtesy of Christie’s New York

It might have cost half a billion dollars but there are still doubts as to the veracity of the record-breaking painting

Abbas Akhavan’s Fountain at the Douglas Hyde Gallery. Photograph: Denis Mortell

Visual art review: Abbas Akhavan’s show looks half made before it reveals its mysteries

'The Mothers', by Käthe Kollwitz

Art in focus: the great pacifist German artist’s woodcuts depict the bereaved: mothers, parents, widows

Saffa Khan’s work as part of Radical Love # Female Lust

Theresa Nanigian: Master of My Universe, Radical Love # Female Lust, Where History Begins, Another Bite of the Cherry, and Tronies

The Liquid Sheep feat. Peninsula Extras by Kaspar Oppen Samuelsen and Marie-Louise Vittrup

Art inspired by the contentious Atlantis primal scream commune in Donegal

Lucian Freud, Bella and Esther, 1988, oil on canvas, 73.7 x 88.9 cm

Art in focus: The great realist’s work is on show in IMMA’s Freud Project

Bare Root, Michael Canning, Something to do with Exile, 2011-14, acrylic, oil & wax on linen, 120 x 183cm

Great opportunity to see representative selections of work from most Irish galleries at the VUE National Contemporary Art Fair at (...)

 Eve O’Callaghan’s work

Kevin O’Kelly chosen as this year’s winner of the prestigious Taylor Art Award for his BA work ‘Something About the Way You Look’

Kathleen (2014) by Susan MacWilliam

Susan MacWilliam delves into what might be called paranormal subculture and her 33-minute Kathleen has echoes Alfred Hitchcock and(...)

For the Love of Art: Dreams, by Frederic William Burton. Photograph courtesy of Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund.

Frederic William Burton disappeared from the cultural radar within a few years of his death

Winged Figure, 1970-1975, oil on canvas,

The William Crozier exhibitions at IMMA and Taylor Galleries

Hellelil and Hildebrand, the Meeting on the Turret Stairs (1864) by  Frederic William Burton Photograph: courtesy  National Gallery of Ireland

The painter of ‘Hellelil and Hildebrand, the Meeting on the Turret Stairs’ hated the smell of paint

Orla Barry gets woolly in Breaking Rainbows at Wexford Arts Centre

Worried about nuclear apocalypse and a hard Border? Orla Barry will wrap you in wool

John Noel Smith: ‘Moving Lines I, 2017’, oil on canvas, 200 x 240 cm

And in Tableau, Eithne Jordan shows why she needs to paint

Eithne Jordan, Mansion I, oil on canvas (Collection Hugh Lane Gallery)

Carborundum prints and Arctic plant pressings are among this week’s exhibitions

Obscura by Paul Nugent is at the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery

The painter's latest, excellent work is rooted in the psychiatric history of the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris

Artist anticipates the approach of war correspondents and photographers

An image from Kate Nolan’s exhibition Lacuna

Border villages seem to have become playthings in the game of Brexit, but locals have more prosaic concerns, according to artist K(...)

Anne Madden, Lemon on Tree, from Life and Death in the Garden at the Taylor Galleries, Dublin

Wormwood at the Ellis King gallery is worth a shot; as are Anne Madden’s observations of life and death at Taylor Galleries

Anne Maree Barry and Patricia Cronin

Patricia Cronin’s installation ‘Shrine for Girls’ and a new film, ‘Leisure with Dignity’, by Anne Maree Barry

Buse Kanlikilic with her work. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

It's a vintage year for master’s graduates in fine art, whose work has a contemporary edge

 For visual artists, one  stand-by for income has traditionally been teaching, whether part-time or full-time

Most artists subsist on extremely low incomes, usually dependent on several sources

Alice O’Conner: monumental use of insulation material

A significant number of graduates show diverse, thoughtful bodies of work that show their knowledge of the history of art

At the National Gallery of Ireland: Lady Writing, by Jan Vermeer, from Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry

It's high time the artist was rescued from the Hollywood treatment in the film Girl with a Pearl Earring

Anne Madden: ‘Colours of the Wind’ (2017), from Colours of the Wind: Ariadne’s Thread at the Hugh Lane, Parnell Square, Dublin, until September 10th

Anne Madden: Colours of the Wind - Ariadne’s Thread review: The Greek heroine Ariadne is the starting point for journey into colou(...)

Image of St John from the ‘Book of Dimma’

Four newly restored early Irish illuminated manuscripts go on display today in Trinity College

Two months on the coast oil on canvas, by Una Sealy

Open submission process and 600 artworks guarantee good – and puzzling – surprises

Paul Winstanley, Lost (After Saenredam)

New shows by Paul Winstanley, Don Cronin and Margaret O’Brien reviewed

Stained landscape: a contaminated site near Kimbolton, Cambridgeshire, 2012. Photograph: Dara McGrath

Between Northern Ireland and Scotland, some million tons of munitions lie on the seabed

Self-portrait, 1914, by Margaret Clarke. Copyright the artist’s estate

Margaret Clarke was a key figure in Irish art and a new show illustrates how her portraits deserve greater recognition beyond her (...)

 Stephen McKenna, pictured at the IMMA in 1997 where he was  curating a major exhibition of twentieth century art. Photograph: Moya Nolan

Once asked if he considered himself English, Irish or European, he replied simply: ‘Yes’

Moria Grid by photographer Richard Mosse

Irish artist announced as winner by Kofi Annan for series Heat Maps

 Small Town Portraits. Courtesy of The Dennis Dinneen Archive

Dennis Dinneen, publican, taxi driver and photographer, captured an Ireland that has now largely disappeared

Exhibition view of The Living and the Dead by Mark Swords

The artist has created a world that is more than the sum of its parts

Patrick Pye and Nóirín Pye at the opening of his exhibition at the Jorgensen Gallery, Molesworth Street in 2003. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Patrick Pye, a religious artist who has fading sight, deemed ineligible for stipend

Hilma af Klint, Altarpiece, No 1, Group X, Series Altarpieces, 1915, oil and metal leaf on canvas. Photograph: Albin Dahlström / Moderna Museet

Exhibition shuffles briskly and entertainingly through more than 100 years of spirituality in art

Tea dancer by Theresa Nanigian.

Theresa Nanigian used to tell clients "think of yourself 10 years hence, and then work backwards”. And eventually she had to heed (...)

Eva International curator Inti Guerrero in Limerick. Photograph: Deirdre Power

Inti Guerrero sees biennials as a more worthwhile medium for art

The Princess, Bhutan 1974 by Margaret Corcoran

Margaret Corcoran shows joyous new paintings at Kevin Kavanagh gallery, while Stephen Lawlor takes on some Venetians

Matt Packer, the new director of EVA International. Photograph: Deirdre Power

Douglas Hyde Gallery also gets a new curator, with Georgina Jackson taking up the post in May

Still from A Numbness in the Mouth, (2016) by Kevin Gaffney

‘Futures’ at RHA showcases idiosyncratic, thought-provoking work in variety of media

Modern Experiments by Susan MacWilliams, an installation view. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

In her new show, Modern Experiments, Susan MacWilliam explores the paranormal, from people who see with their hands to those who m(...)

Chester Beatty Library’s collection of Japanese Surimono woodblock prints is considered among the finest in the world.

These Japanese prints were often made by groups rather than individual artists, and the result is a stunning attention to detail

Graham Norton and Gareth Reid with the latter’s portrait of the TV presenter and writer

Gareth Reid’s portrait of his distant relative Irish TV presenter Graham Norton is now on view in the National Gallery of Ireland

The artist instils each piece with a wealth of thought in the Wexford Arts Centre

Metamurmuration (detail), 2015-2016, by Joanna Kidney

The things we are drawn to acquire reflect and express our personalities and more: our ideas about ourselves, our aspirations and (...)

What Is An Apparatus? (2016-2017) (Still) by Sean Lynch. Courtesy the artist, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin, and Ronchini Gallery, London

The artist asks probing questions about everything from the Burren interpretive centre to the Belfast Titanic Experience

Seán McSweeney and Gerard Smyth. “We found that the places we remembered overlapped in various ways,” says Smyth.  Photograph: Barry Cronin

Gerard Smyth and Seán McSweeney’s ‘The Yellow River’ explores their links to county

From left: “Deepdrippings (We Can’t Make Coffee Like the Continentals Version)”; and “Deepdrippings (Ghetto Anglaise Version)”, by Phillip Allen

Phillip Allen’s doodles grow into densely packed impastos with a curious gravity

The Sofas of LA by Andrew Ward, from Lacuna exhibition in Taylor Galleries

Ronan McCrea found a a set of BBC instructional films for mechanical engineering students and from them made something entirely ne(...)

Hegel Bollard, 2016, by Stephen Brandes. Courtesy of the artist and Oonagh Young Gallery

Brandes’s garden is a compendium of society’s broken dreams and vain hopes

 The Taking of Christ (cropped) by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, oil on canvas. Photograph: National Gallery of Ireland

Caravaggio was tetchy and combative, quick to take offence and always ready for a fight. That energy pours from the works in a new(...)

Daphne Wright: Stallion

‘Emotional Archaeology’ is rooted in domestic life, but quietly unsettling

Kathlyn O’Brien’s exhibition Altered Light

Kathlyn O’Brien speculates on identity and mortality in ‘Altered Light’, while Michael Beirne creates strange, hallucinatory visio(...)

Yvonne Farrell and Shelly McNamara, of Grafton Architects, at their office in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara ‘delighted to be gifted opportunity’, a significant honour and accolade for Grafton, and for I(...)

Barbara Knezevic: Exquisite Tempo Sector

Josef Sudek was known as the poet of Prague and after returning to the city after the first World War, he never left it again

John Berger in 2014: he  lived in a French village for many years  after  the success of the book and TV series  Ways of Seeing in the 1970s. Photograph: Jean Mohr

Photographer Jean Mohr’s long friendship with the late writer and art critic meant he was able to produce images full of biographi(...)

An architectural drawing on display in the House and Home exhibition

Exhibition House and Home is a necessary resource for those interested in current issues

Love (2016) by Siobhán Hapaska.
Excavating old ideas

Two shows sum up a difficult year

At a preview of the IMMA Collection; Freud Project 2016-2021 which will open to the public on Friday 21st October, at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Culture review 2016: The 1916 Commemorations featured a welcome alternative historical narrative

The view form the floor: Corban Walker’s installation at the Lab. Photograph: Peter Varga

As the centenary draws to an end, now is a good time to visit the Pearse Museum

Duncan Campbell in front of  his film  Sigmar: “If you went into a small village in the 1960s and started asking people questions about their sex lives you weren’t going to get much of an answer.” Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Shining a light on recent history and exploding reductionism from a backroom

Untitled Gauze Painting by Kohei Nakata

A 20-year survey in one compact exhibition

Summit by Robert Armstrong, and Hem by Anna Bjerger at Slips and Glimpses, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Chancery Lane, Dublin

New work from Robert Armstrong, Anna Bjerger and Kathy Prendergast

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