While the West embraces Karl Marx …

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_224619" align="alignright" width="250" caption="'Com'on, You Reds' by Klas Eriksson"][/caption] If the contemporary art world materialized as a physical place, a large chunk would resemble Disneyland. With its more…

The Apocalypse appears in art

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_216419" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Devi Anne Moore"][/caption] I remember when I first stumbled across the work of artist Devi Anne Moore years ago. Her treasures surfaced during a more…

Won't that make 'em mad: A black tea partier!

by Marisa Martin -- Birds of a feather might stick together, but they aren't inviting artist-activist Lloyd Marcus to their dinner parties. At least most of the blackbirds won't anytime soon. Marcus more…

Poetry and praise hit streets of New York

by Marisa Martin -- "Dancing faces you towards heaven, whichever direction you turn." – Terri Guillemets [caption id="attachment_207445" align="alignright" width="135" caption="Maiysha Mondesi"][/caption] Dancer, choreographer, entrepreneur and Christian – Maiysha Mondesi faces heaven more…

Heaven and hell take on Mexican cartels

by Marisa Martin -- "Mournful and yet grand is the destiny of the artist," claimed composer Franz Liszt. Nowhere is that truth more vividly embodied than in Mexico at this moment. While more…

Holocaust survivor's 'lost' art finally found

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_198641" align="alignright" width="290" caption="Matthew Troyan at New Britain Museum 1965"][/caption]I had never heard of the noted artist Matthew Troyan, and I'll bet you haven't either. Five years more…

Kevorkian's frightening fascination with blood

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_194477" align="alignright" width="186" caption="Jack Kavorkian"][/caption] "All that blood and not a paintbrush in sight" – Some such thought must have drifted through the dark chambers of Dr. more…

Sexy and they know it – at 90

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_189907" align="alignright" width="180" caption="Ilona Smithkin (photo: StyleLikeU)"][/caption] Dramatically garbed with 20 pieces of jewelry, a boa and long, orange eyelashes, Ilona Royce Smithkin turns heads on the more…

'Racist' question prompts police action

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_185639" align="alignright" width="300" caption=""Chump Change," by Alvaro Alvillar"][/caption] Five years ago Alvaro Alvillar had the nerve to publicly have an opinion as a conservative, with the additional more…

Selling your soul in every shade

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_181007" align="alignright" width="200" caption=" Lucian Freud on his deathbed, by Jane McAdam Freud"][/caption]David McAdam Freud waged a war of reconciliation at his father's bedside last July. As more…