If the NSA had an art exhibit

by Marisa Martin -- If the NSA had an art exhibit it might look like one of these ... A hushed lover's spat in a corner of the New York Public Library more…

New York art scene tries to convict pastor

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_772901" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Pastor Kevin Sutherland, Photo: Steven Hirsch-New York Post"][/caption] The church has endured its own share of scandals and shames in recent years. But Kiddygate, more…

Is 'cutting-edge' art the new 'boring'?

by Marisa Martin -- You might argue that the history of contemporary art is a series of avant-garde movements, each new wave outraging the last. – Michael Scott If contemporary artists had more…

Visions of God even communists won't erase

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_699053" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="from Rembrandt's "Haman Recognizes His Fate""][/caption] Anya Roz learned some of her first Bible stories in the Soviet museums of her childhood in spite more…

Inspiration for 'Noah' film revealed

by Marisa Martin -- A sudden deluge from Hollywood pours forth all things biblical onto an arid, unsuspecting culture. Will biblically based art shows in New York galleries come next? Actually … more…

Anti-Islamic art ruled 'hate' speech

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_679177" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Poet Yahya Hassan"][/caption] What to wear to a poetry recital? In Denmark, it may be a flak-jacket and Kevlar helmet, especially if you are more…

Porn: Arousing our culture to death

by Marisa Martin -- "Even the pagans who find pornography pleasant and necessary seem to recognize that it is kind of pitiful." – Russell Moore In 2011 Anthony Josef Norris, an artist more…

'I can take your money to make these monuments'

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_651325" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Obama portrait at U.K. Embassy by Chuck Close"][/caption] Why do dictators always love enormous, ostentatious and self-aggrandizing art? They're lost in an endless orgiastic more…