Joseph Beuys

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Elliot Murphy in Berlin: ‘You can’t help but feel for these people you meet along the way – fictional or non-fictional’

On the surface of this earthly Earth, somewhere in Tipperary, the sun gleams off a country cottage. Gravel scrunches as car tyres rotate. There is the(...)

Tom Schilling in ‘Never Look Away’

The latest undeniably enjoyable, absurdly lengthy potboiler from Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck – nominated for best foreign film at the Oscars – ha(...)

Postcards from the edge: Taken from The world exists to be put on a postcard, by Jeremy Cooper

The advent of different technologies dates us. Those born before calculators can usually manage mental arithmetic. Those who don’t remember calculator(...)

British singer Mark E Smith, of the band The Fall performs at the Primavera Sound 2010 music festival in Barcelona in 2010. Photograph:  Marta Perez/EPA

Part-Anthony Burgess, part-punk-Andy Capp, Mark E Smith was a fierce art intelligence and a hero of polar opposition. A weird anti-London diplomat for(...)

James Joyce Street as imagined: The project is Inspired by the “city forestation” carried out by German artist Joseph Beuys during the early 1980s in the German city of Kassel.

The woozy sexual dream world of the Circe episode in James Joyce’s Ulysses opens up just off Dublin’s Talbot Street, at “the Mabbot street entrance of(...)

N3: Tom de Paor’s selection to design Ireland’s first Venice pavilion was vindicated by his subsequent reputation

The N3 may be the shortest lived of the artworks in this series. Designed and built for the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2000, it was never reco(...)

Exterior of the new San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Photograph: Henrik Kam/courtesy SFMOMA

The US is home to some of the world’s greatest modern art galleries. In New York there is the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Guggenheim. In Chic(...)

Japanese pavilion: thousands of keys hang as part of Chiharu Shiota’s installation The Key in the Hand, at the 56th Biennale of Arts, in Venice. Photograph: Domenico Stinellis/AP

International art fairs are like art supermarkets for the wealthy, and they have come to dominate the contemporary-art market. Art biennials, on the o(...)

Benjamin Grosvenor: redrew balances at will and shifted material into different octaves as he saw fit, not to emulate effects that are possible on a harpsichord but rather to make absolutely the best pianistic effect

A recital by the 22-year-old English pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is anything but an everyday experience. Just look at the programme he offered at th(...)

Sean Lynch. Photograph: Deirdre Power

Sean Lynch is one of a handful of Irish artists to have studied at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main in Germany. They don’t give you a degree or a(...)

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