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…

'Biting' back at anti-Christian bias

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_162491" align="alignright" width="109" caption="Brian Sherwin"][/caption] Brian Sherwin is a prodigiously busy man. Commenting on contemporary art on several sites, he hosts a huge following of grateful readers. more…

Olympic-sized art fiasco

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_158675" align="alignright" width="375" caption="2012 Olympic posters"][/caption] 2012 and the eyes of the world turn toward London in anticipation. England's Cultural Olympiad is the largest cultural celebration in more…