God's not dead – and neither is beauty

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_990735" align="aligncenter" width="600"] "Truth" depicted as a perfect beauty in Botticelli's "Calumny of Apelles"[/caption] Not too long after Nietzsche seized headlines declaring, "God is dead," the art more…

Al-Qaida's 'dead artist club'

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_970325" align="aligncenter" width="600"] 10 most wanted (dead of course) by al-Qaida[/caption] Don't let anyone tell you Islamic terrorists ignore or devalue the arts. Artists, writers and journalists more…

On fire for God or just on fire?

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_945321" align="aligncenter" width="553" caption=""Martyrs" at St. Paul's Cathedral London by Bill Viola"][/caption] Martyrs are finally getting a little press with new art at London's storied St Paul's more…

Hollywood raves, while Castro digs graves

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_922131" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Fidel Castro, left, and Hollywood director Oliver Stone, right"][/caption] Fidel Castro, Hollywood's favorite living dictator, and his li'l bro Raul arrested more than 360 more…

U.S. Army sits on treasure trove of art

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_898711" align="aligncenter" width="594" caption=""Patrol in the Jungle," by Roger Blum, Vietnam, 1966"][/caption] Deep in the bowels of Fort Belvior, Virginia, a perfectly climate- controlled warehouse is crammed more…

Artists go to war in Ukraine

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_871431" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Arten Voloktin with his "Irreversible Beauty""][/caption] As Ukraine cools toward a simmering point, its artists are still stirring the cultural stew and hoping to more…

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…