U.S. superheroes bow to Islam, but this 1 refuses

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_449857" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Bosch Fawstin and his art"][/caption] "Kwak! Ouch! Please don't kill me! Ah-h-h-h … oink?" If a cartoonist wages an anti-jihad campaign featuring a piggish more…

Performance 'art' goes completely bonkers

by Marisa Martin -- Blouin-Art Info recently asked readers, "Is killing chickens art?" Word-for-word my thoughts when I first heard of fowl slaughterer cum-performance artist Miguel Suarez and his controversial "work." Canadian more…

International art thieves swipe billions

by Marisa Martin -- In the vast wave of criminal skullduggery sweeping over the globe in recent years, art has played a five-star, leading role. Thefts of paintings and other artwork blossomed more…

Biblical? Conservative? You can't paint that!

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_430133" align="alignright" width="246" caption="Rembrandt's actual "The Return of the Prodigal Son""][/caption] "I must study politics and war, that my sons may study mathematics and philosophy … in more…

George W. Bush gives art world conniptions

by Marisa Martin -- Celebrity model Miss Beazley has been storming the art scene lately, claiming more than her share of the spotlight in major social and media outlets. Her quirky looks more…

Dentist's office proclaims Word of God in art

by Marisa Martin -- "There are more things in heaven and earth," marveled Shakespeare's Hamlet, "than are dreamt of in your philosophy." Putting aside phantoms and bloody fingers for a moment, the more…

Can art inspire death?

by Marisa Martin -- Literature has roused men to war, women to emancipation and the world to collectively detest slavery. But is one novel responsible for a sea of suicides? In 1960 more…

Nobel Prize poetry returns to speak of faith

by Marisa Martin -- Classic art outlives its creator, its era and its original audience – in that sense it is immortal. When T.S. Eliot was the darling of Anglo-American literary set, more…

The art of Obama's propaganda

by Marisa Martin -- EDITOR'S NOTE: Though based on actual events, portions of this column are dramatized to fit speculation. "For the great enemy of truth is very often not the lie more…

Could this painting bring down communism?

by Marisa Martin -- What is it? What does it mean? These are possibly the most irritating questions artists encounter from viewers, especially if they work with some type of abstraction. Humans more…