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John Noel Smith: ‘Moving Lines I, 2017’, oil on canvas, 200 x 240 cm

John Noel Smith: Moving Lines ★★★★★ Reproductions don’t do justice to John Noel Smith’s paintings. That’s true of most paintings, though by no means (...)

Elizabeth Magill with her work. Photograph: Hugo Glendinning

Can you ever have such a thing as too much beauty? Elizabeth Magill thinks you can. “Yeah, absolutely,” the artist laughs, describing how she treats a(...)

Tallis Scholars achieved the strongest connections between scores and sound, sound and listener. Photograph: Nick Rutte

The music at two concerts I attended last week was separated by around 400 years. Those four centuries saw huge and fundamental changes in art, litera(...)

A letter from WB Yeats to his  friend and first lover, Olivia Shakespear, featuring the poem “After Long Silence”,   is displayed at the Yeats: The Family Collection exhibition at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin.  Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images for Sotheby’s

There is a curious silence in Ireland about the imminent sell-off by Sotheby’s of a weighty collection of Yeats papers. The catalogue from Sotheby’s t(...)

The diningroom at Martinstown, Ballysax, Co Kildare. The tables in many of these country houses  can sit  from 12 to 30 people. Photograph: James Fennell

“I love going to our meetings,” says Hannah Flynn of Roundwood House in Co Laois. Hannah is chairman of The Hidden Ireland organisation and it’s no wo(...)

Anne Madden: ‘Colours of the Wind’ (2017), from Colours of the Wind: Ariadne’s Thread at the Hugh Lane, Parnell Square, Dublin, until September 10th

Anne Madden: Colours of the Wind - Ariadne’s Thread ***** Cast your eye over Anne Madden’s radiant paintings at the Hugh Lane and it immediately(...)

Artist Stephen McKenna:  Asked by an interviewer in 1990 as to whether he considered himself English, Irish or European, he replied simply: “Yes.” Photograph: Moya Nolan
Obituary: Stephen McKenna

Stephen McKenna Born: March 20th, 1939 Died: May 4th, 2017 The painter Stephen McKenna, who died at his home in Bagenalstown, County Carlow last mo(...)

Artist Alice Maher photographed in Lough Carra, Co Mayo recreating one of her installations entitled ‘Les Filles d’Ouranos Art Grandeur Nature, Seinne Saint-Denis, Paris. Photograph: Keith Heneghan.

In 1986, the US feminist group Guerrilla Girls proclaimed that “It’s even worse in Europe”, referring to the art world’s sexual and racial discriminat(...)

Tony Oursler’s Imponderable explores the occult in a sprawling show at MoMA that takes in Arthur Conan Doyle, Harry Houdini and a cast of mediums, ghosts and spirits

On a recent trip to Munich I was transported by the collection of works by the Blue Rider group at the Lenbachhaus. The artists, which included Wassil(...)

Jesse Jones’s film collaboration with actor Olwen Fouéré and sound artist Susan Stenger

There’s something seductive about reinventing the past, letting the “what-ifs” take over to create new imagined futures. Sometimes it’s a dystopian ad(...)

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