Smokin’: Robert Finster in Freud

In order to help others during the lockdown, I’ve been doing a video correspondence course in psychoanalysis. The course is called Freud and it’s in e(...)

Rylan Clark-Neal, Akis Petretzikis, Anna Haugh, Romy Gill, Ellis Barrie and Mike Reid on Ready Steady Cook. Photograph: Graeme Hunter

“I wonder what’s for dinner today, Britain?” says Rylan Clark-Neal to his best friend, “Britain”. “It’s time to find out,” he adds and then there’s a (...)

“There are flowers, bright sunlight. It’s a summer’s day”... Detail from itor by Eoin Mc Hugh, 2019, oil on canvas. Photograph: courtesy Kerlin Gallery

I’m in Dublin’s Kerlin Gallery. It’s one of those art spaces that makes you feel the need to whisper: all pure white walls and lofty aspect. But today(...)

El Greco: part of the 1575 version of Christ Driving the Traders from the Temple. Photograph: Minneapolis Institute of Art

Greco’s Virgin surges forward, draped in the vibrant blue that inspired Picasso, surfing on a thin crescent moon. The monumental painting measures mor(...)

 Beanie Feldstein as Molly and Kaitlyn Dever as Amy in Booksmart. Photograph: Francois Duhamel/Annapurna Pictures

The terrific directorial debut from actor Olivia Wilde will not (alas) score as many Oscar nominations as Greta Gerwig’s era-defining Lady Bird. It wi(...)

Johnny Ronan, now often to be found in the Ivy restaurant in Dublin, thinks he is back after his Celtic Tiger misadventures. Photograph: Tom McEnaney/McEnaney Media

It was early summer in 2014, and Johnny Ronan, then still a ward of Nama, was trying to kickstart the deal that he hoped would restore him to commerci(...)

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

What is it? Hunters in the Snow is one of the most brilliant and evocative representations of winter in Western art. It was painted by Pieter Bruegel(...)

 US president Donald Trump uses an umbrella after stepping out of Air Force One in  Maryland. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Donald Trump was promising to destroy a vile criminal cartel. Unfortunately, not his own. But one could be forgiven for mistaking the vicious tactics (...)

Patrick Meade: “I collect original book illustrations by artists who worked in London during the golden age of book illustration (late 19th and early 20th century).”

Who? Irishman Patrick Meade is deputy chairman of Bonhams – founded in 1793 – one of the world’s oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiq(...)

Kathlyn O’Brien’s exhibition Altered Light

Altered Light: Kathlyn O’Brien Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin **** Just inside the door of the gallery, Kathlyn O’Brien’s Self Portrait gives us s(...)

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