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…

Communism vs. freedom – which is real revolution?

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_384781" align="alignright" width="156" caption="Jose Clemente Orozco"][/caption] I've been spending a little time far south of the border in a land of mariachi bands, fake designer goods, Zapatistas more…

God changes lives in works of art

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_373317" align="alignright" width="250" caption=""Ecce Homo" by Domenico Feti"][/caption] As the civil universe seems to wither away like wet popcorn, an honest artist may ask himself something like, more…

The most common face in America, redefined

by Marisa Martin -- Lincoln has one of those faces only an admiring world could love. Sadly prescient and deeply sunk eyes perceived the nation's troubles. Lincoln's fabulously contorted brow seems to more…

Beefcake Jesus grabs art world's attention

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_362945" align="alignright" width="250" caption=""The Undefeated" by Stephen Sawyer"][/caption] Today I officially join the ranks of the Pharisees – that is according to painter Stephen Sawyer, who weighs more…