Wake up, West! Russia marches to 'holy' war

by Marisa Martin -- Something very strange is happening in Russia – stranger than Putin's fawning female devotees or half nude, Siberian hunting excursions. Byzantium II is resurrecting – or attempting to more…

Artists bomb Israel (with graffiti)

by Marisa Martin -- Rockets are coughing up death over Israel's cities like swarms of incendiary summer wasps – 1,000 rocket strikes in six days at last count (July 8-14). Elsewhere, editors more…

Why do evangelicals make bad art?

by Marisa Martin -- From 2006 to 2012 Kemper Crabbe penned thoughtful articles on "Why Evangelicals Make Bad Art" and came up with enough ideas and examples for 30 columns. Unfortunately, he more…

Armies attack and defend 'Jesus'

by Marisa Martin -- Last fall in one of those supernaturally charged, numinous moments so rare they become legend, a war was halted because of a 40-foot statue of Jesus. According to more…

God's not dead – and neither is beauty

by Marisa Martin -- Not too long after Nietzsche seized headlines declaring, "God is dead," the art community was mulling over the looming demise of "beauty" as well. Are the two related? more…

Al-Qaida's 'dead artist club'

by Marisa Martin -- Don't let anyone tell you Islamic terrorists ignore or devalue the arts. Artists, writers and journalists apparently occupy the highest and loftiest spots from al-Qaida's vantage, and their more…

On fire for God or just on fire?

by Marisa Martin -- Martyrs are finally getting a little press with new art at London's storied St Paul's Cathedral – just not explicitly Christian martyrs, nor are they "honored" exactly … more…

Hollywood raves, while Castro digs graves

by Marisa Martin -- Fidel Castro, Hollywood's favorite living dictator, and his li'l bro Raul arrested more than 360 political prisoners in the first 13 days of May alone. Perhaps Kings Castro more…

U.S. Army sits on treasure trove of art

by Marisa Martin -- Deep in the bowels of Fort Belvior, Virginia, a perfectly climate- controlled warehouse is crammed with thousands of paintings that almost no one ever sees. Part of the more…

Artists go to war in Ukraine

by Marisa Martin -- As Ukraine cools toward a simmering point, its artists are still stirring the cultural stew and hoping to keep it from bursting into open flame. Ukraine's latest sorrows more…