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…

Medieval Christianity gets pop-art facelift

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_176181" align="alignright" width="200" caption=""St. Patrick," by Mitsui"][/caption] Daniel Mitsui is artist of the contradictory: Creative orthodoxy, fiery, artistic conservatism and guarded zeal flood his work. His beautifully more…

Armenia to Auschwitz: Artists still remember

by Marisa Martin -- George Santayana and David Ben-Gurion shared a common concern – can humans remember? Santayana's now clichéd concern with "those who cannot remember the past … " impelled Gurion more…

From military mom to artist of faith

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_167181" align="alignright" width="187" caption=""Henna Hands," by Shauna Lange"][/caption] Some say the best art is always ornamental: self-reflective, purely for the sake of art and nothing more. While more…