Wake up, West! Russia marches to 'holy' war

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_1075065" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Patriarch Kirill of Moscow[/caption] Something very strange is happening in Russia – stranger than Putin's fawning female devotees or half nude, Siberian hunting excursions. more…

Artists bomb Israel (with graffiti)

by Marisa Martin -- Rockets are coughing up death over Israel's cities like swarms of incendiary summer wasps – 1,000 rocket strikes in six days at last count (July 8-14). Elsewhere, editors more…

Why do evangelicals make bad art?

by Marisa Martin -- From 2006 to 2012 Kemper Crabbe penned thoughtful articles on "Why Evangelicals Make Bad Art" and came up with enough ideas and examples for 30 columns. Unfortunately, he more…

Armies attack and defend 'Jesus'

by Marisa Martin -- Last fall in one of those supernaturally charged, numinous moments so rare they become legend, a war was halted because of a 40-foot statue of Jesus. According to more…

God's not dead – and neither is beauty

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_990735" align="aligncenter" width="600"] "Truth" depicted as a perfect beauty in Botticelli's "Calumny of Apelles"[/caption] Not too long after Nietzsche seized headlines declaring, "God is dead," the art more…

Al-Qaida's 'dead artist club'

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_970325" align="aligncenter" width="600"] 10 most wanted (dead of course) by al-Qaida[/caption] Don't let anyone tell you Islamic terrorists ignore or devalue the arts. Artists, writers and journalists more…

On fire for God or just on fire?

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_945321" align="aligncenter" width="553" caption=""Martyrs" at St. Paul's Cathedral London by Bill Viola"][/caption] Martyrs are finally getting a little press with new art at London's storied St Paul's more…

Hollywood raves, while Castro digs graves

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_922131" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Fidel Castro, left, and Hollywood director Oliver Stone, right"][/caption] Fidel Castro, Hollywood's favorite living dictator, and his li'l bro Raul arrested more than 360 more…

U.S. Army sits on treasure trove of art

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_898711" align="aligncenter" width="594" caption=""Patrol in the Jungle," by Roger Blum, Vietnam, 1966"][/caption] Deep in the bowels of Fort Belvior, Virginia, a perfectly climate- controlled warehouse is crammed more…

Artists go to war in Ukraine

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_871431" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Arten Voloktin with his "Irreversible Beauty""][/caption] As Ukraine cools toward a simmering point, its artists are still stirring the cultural stew and hoping to more…