A tale of two artists

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_2366625" align="aligncenter" width="600"] "In Transit II" Detail by Abdullah Gharem[/caption] Saudi Arabia: a place where it is very much equally difficult for art or women to thrive, more…

U.S. adds torment to Iranian artists

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_2298405" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Atena Farghadani[/caption] While U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was being thoroughly duped, doped and honeyed up by his Iranian counterpart Foreign Minister Mohammad more…

Greeks looking for new gifts?

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_2278115" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Greek philanthropist Andreas Dracopoulos[/caption] Do you detest the rich? Do you fret over evil elitists plotting over their Dom Perignon and caviar how to more…

Causing trouble 1 performance at a time

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_2222995" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Tania Bruguera[/caption] Contemporary artists are known for creating a little political scrimmage when they can – it's considered a badge of honor. But they more…

Tear your eyes away from personal electronics

by Marisa Martin -- Summer at last! Beautiful winged creatures arc and call beyond our doors. Gardens are verdant, and glittering waters entice our children ... who stare rigidly for weeks at more…

Small museum – big loss for New York City

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_2149385" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Fred Tomaselli: "Study for Propulsion" from MOBIA show Back to Eden: Contemporary Artists Wander the Garden[/caption] When the American Bible Society (ABS) sold its more…

Monsters, saviors and doodlers

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_2127645" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Those he adores... Portrait by Richard Matt[/caption] Revelations that escaped killer Richard Matt was a "gifted artist" is cranking out all types of keyboard more…

Few artists remember Syria's Christians

by Marisa Martin -- While the West turns its bored gaze away from global Christian holocausts, a handful of diaspora artists attempt to catch our attention and move our hearts. One of more…

The 'only rebel street artist' in Los Angeles

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_2082915" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Ted Cruz, rebelized[/caption] He'd kept his head down and his identity hidden for a long time. Life is lonely for a conservative artist. An more…