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…

Superheroes moonlighting for Islam

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_2058655" align="aligncenter" width="630"] "Kamala Khan" /artist Adrian Alphona /photo http://www.comicbookresources.com[/caption] More proof that most modern "comics" are anything but comical come in the form of their newest more…

The tragedy of Japanese 'water babies'

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_2004255" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Jizō statues, Zojoii Temple, Tokyo[/caption] Japan: Land of manga, gold-plated Buddhas, robotic romance ... and Rachel weeping for her children? I could have sworn more…

Graffiti evangelist

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_1981455" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Oxygen TV's "Street Art Throwdown"[/caption] What's a nice pastor like you doing with neon spray paint and a bandana over your face? Half the more…

The joy of 'snark'

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_1936155" align="aligncenter" width="600"] President Obama and David Letterman[/caption] Snide + Remark ="Snark" As a contemporary tag for sarcasm, 'snarkniness' is one of mankind's most valued attributes. You more…

After 70 years, honoring 'righteous Gentiles'

by Marisa Martin -- Poland commemorates Yom Ha'Shoah (or Jewish Holocaust) at a variety of memorials on April 16. Some of these are in construction, new this year or under fierce debate. more…

Turkish artists battle President Erdogan

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_1880295" align="aligncenter" width="650"] Momument to Humanity dismantled in Turkey - Sculptor Mehmet Aksov[/caption] Taking a break from arresting people, denying human rights and declaring himself Caliph of more…