'Paint a Dead Baby Day'

by Marisa Martin -- America's last, great, hunkering bogeyman of forbidden image and speech is abortion. Lurking under the beds of the nation, it terrorizes those who pull its covers back to more…

Art does a body good

by Marisa Martin -- Will future physicians carry a stethoscope, thermometer and DVD of "Annie Get Your Gun" in case it's indicated? If medical research sticks to its current story, it's a more…

Cowboy Michelangelo visits the Vatican

by Marisa Martin -- If you ever find yourself in Santa Fe mesmerized by an energetic bronze of Geronimo so charged it seems about to molt or mutate on the spot, it more…

When even the New York Times isn't PC enough

by Marisa Martin -- Hunting season 2012 just opened on art critics. Accusations of racism and sexism are hurled against New York Times art critic Ken Johnson in a scolding petition circulating more…

No, my great-grandfather isn't God!

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_316115" align="alignright" width="201" caption=""Betel" by Yisehak Fikre Selassie"][/caption] Any Ethiopian artist whose family name is Selassie may be almost certain to have notions of grandeur and entitlement, more…

Obama's America: Where artists are terrorists

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_311999" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Mugshot: Geoffrey McGann"][/caption] You know you're a terrorist when you use paint thinner and digital clocks. It's rough terrain for artists in America just more…

Is poetry God's native tongue?

by Marisa Martin -- [caption id="attachment_307635" align="alignright" width="200" caption=""King David" by Chagall"][/caption] Poetry – the eternal language of lovers, the voice of the half-mad aesthete and the lips of the heart and more…

Face to face with aliens and angels

by Marisa Martin -- "Everyone is a moon and has a dark side, which he never shows to anybody," claimed writer Mark Twain about 150 years ago. But his hidden world was more…