Tag: Art

The Decline of Poetry

In 2016, the organisers of the Rose of Tralee announced that contestants would no longer be allowed to recite a poem as their onstage party piece. The explanation was that poetry was “slowing down the flow of the show”. The...

Central Bank Wages War on Dublin’s Cityscape

A relative oasis of tranquillity, Dublin’s Garden of Remembrance commemorates Ireland’s patriotic dead and provides some uplift in a benighted north inner city. Even if one has to step over half a dozen heroin addicts on the way there, through...

/ 08/09/2019

Book Review: The Decline and Fall of Western Art

I’m not an expert on the topic of art. I enjoy art. It studied art during my Leaving Certificate. I can conjure up mildly informed opinions on works of art I happen to observe. But that is where the expertise...

Art Review: Seasons End: More Than Suitcases

What is art? Some art is used to evoke a sense of aesthetic pleasure in the viewer, whilst other pieces are created to do almost the exact opposite, perhaps to show them another side of the world. The exhibition Seasons...

/ 20/03/2018

The Little Mermaid is already feminist

The author Louise O’Neill is to release what is being described as a ‘feminist retelling’ of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. “Fairy tales have a dubious record when it comes to representations of women,” Lauren Fortune, editorial director for...

/ 15/09/2017