Frank Auerbach

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

Deepdrippings: Phillip Allen Kerlin Gallery, Dublin ***** Phillip Allen’s Deepdrippings is an exceptional exhibition: focused, intelligent, lively(...)

The pieces in the exhibition were selected from the British Council collection by fifth-year art students from St Oliver’s Community College and Our Lady’s College-Greenhills in Drogheda, Co Louth

In Drogheda, there was a march with placards and black balloons; in Clondalkin, Arts Minister Heather Humphreys sat for a portrait; in Thurles, they m(...)

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

What were your cultural highlights for the year gone by? Mick O’Dea did well in getting his outstanding 1916 show in early, in January, before an end(...)

Johanne Mullan, collections programmer at Imma, with Lucian Freud’s  “The Painter’s Mother Resting” at a preview of the Freud Project 2016-2021. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Thanks to the Freud Project, the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Imma) is the place to go to if you want to see a first-rate, representative collection of(...)

John Lennon’s Austin Princess Limousine Hearse is expected to realise more than $400,000 at Sotheby’s

David Bowie’s art collection is going on tour. Three hundred and eighty of the late star’s paintings, including works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Frank A(...)

Head of Catherine Lampert (1986) by Frank Auerbach

The curator and historian Catherine Lampert, whose richly informative book Frank Auerbach: Speaking and Painting was published last year by Thames &a(...)

Detail from Head of a Woman (1906) by Walter Sickert

One Day, Something Happens: Paintings of People Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda ****   As a writer and editor and not a curator p(...)

Brian Ballard at his retrospective at Rathfarnham Castle

Brian Ballard Retrospective: Paintings 1964-2015 Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin ****   Brian Ballard was born in Belfast in 1943 (...)

What were your cultural highlights of 2014? Eva International, in Limerick, curated by Bassam El Baroni, was easily on a par with other art bi(...)

Reginald Gray. His sitters included Francis Bacon, Samuel Beckett and Brendan Behan.

Reginald Gray, who has died aged 82, was a portrait painter whose sitters included Francis Bacon, Samuel Beckett and Brendan Behan. Among the s(...)