David Hockney

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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(...)

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

Apart from the unheard of feat of marshalling more than a third of Jan Vermeer’s known paintings, Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspirati(...)

A woman poses with  ‘Life Painting for a Diploma’ (1962), by British artist David Hockney, at the ‘Queer British Art 1861-1967’ exhibition at the Tate Britain in London, England. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

The actor Marie Conmee and her partner Mary Brady had a penchant for beating up barmen, and occasionally even policemen. The trouble usually began wh(...)

A detail of Red Weed, part of Astronomical Mashup at the Lab, Dublin by Lucy McKenna. Photograph: Peter Varga

Lucy McKenna isn’t what you would expect. From her work I had imagined someone intense, nerdy and scientific in a scary way. Her artist’s CV includes:(...)

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

In his time, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) was the most conspicuous example of a new kind of artist, one that has become familiar as a(...)

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