David Hockney

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Andie MacDowell and Hugh Grant. They wanted Alan Rickman as male lead

Twenty-five years ago this, um, ah… month, one of the most… I suppose, erm, influential British films ever was… well, not to put to fine a point on it(...)

Wall colour has a real impact on a painting. Photograph: Getty

Hanging works of art can prove such a chore that some paintings are relegated to storage for long periods, and in many ways the way a piece is hung is(...)

Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) by  David Hockney Photograph: (David Hockney/Courtesy of Christie’s Images LTD via AP)

Results Hegarty’s Antiques and Fine Art Bandon Co Cork. Country house auction November 18th. The Bugle Room by Wojciech Kossak, €5,700 (€4,000-€6,000(...)

Susan Wood: I didn’t realise Amy Schumer was such a good actress
Susan Wood: On My Culture Radar

Current favourite book I’ve been busy launching my own books, Women and Ireland, so I haven’t had a chance to read. But I have a pile of biographies (...)

Glen Matlock: “I think Sam Neill would make a great James Bond”

Favourite current book? I’m halfway through A Walk on the Wild Side by Nelson Algren. It’s about Fitz Linkhorn, a ne’er-do-well from the American Mid(...)

Gaz Coombes: “I like Adam Buxton’s podcast, he’s got this natural enthusiasm and warmth.”

Current favourite book? My wife works in a bookshop and she’s always bringing books home. Last year, Grayson Perry’s autobiography The Descent of Ma(...)

What was it about Samuel Beckett? In addition to writing fiction and plays that continue to absorb audiences and tease the imagination, the Nobel Laur(...)

In November, Sothebys will auction art, furniture and antiques owned by the French interior designer Jacques Grange. All photographs: Alex Cretey-Systermans/The New York Times

At 73, Jacques Grange is cleaning house. For half a century, the French interior designer has not only created homes for Yves Saint Laurent, Sofia Cop(...)

Ana Maria Pacheco’s Hairy Legs of the Queen of Sheba.  Courtesy of the artist and Pratt Contemporary

Many centuries ago a young Portuguese girl was said to have been so determined to remain chaste, she prayed to be made ugly. God granted her a beard. (...)

 Johannes Vermeer, Woman Writing a Letter (detail). National Gallery of Ireland

It has been a bit overshadowed by the (justified) fuss over the Vermeer exhibition, but among the other delights of the newly refurbished National Gal(...)

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