Wal-Mart empress gifts America new cultural Mecca

by Marisa Martin -- Wal-Mart is known for bringing its customers just about anything. The bulky, white boxes dot the planet, sporting teabags and trousers, mousetraps and – in China – crocodiles. more…

9/11 art: The good, the bad, the truly disgusting

by Marisa Martin -- "The Blistering Plume" by Donna Levinstone On 9/11 fear and anger and grief temporarily galvanized Americans into one united front. Flags, anthems and prayers ascended with the smoke, more…

Genesis, 'unauthorized' version

by Marisa Martin -- Joseph from "Illustrated Genesis," by R. Crumb Robert (R.) Crumb, one of the principle voices and a pillar of 1960s counter culture, has done something almost unimaginable – more…

Art from hell

by Marisa Martin -- In 1953 North Koreans were buried alive under a totality of almost impenetrable darkness. Since then the outside world has only begun to imagine their pain and terror more…

Christian modern art takes world by storm

by Marisa Martin -- The world's most impressive Christian modern art exhibit, Arte + Fe, or Art + Faith, is roaring to a climax after a hot month in Madrid, Spain. Catholic more…

Jesus art rises up from Down Under

by Marisa Martin -- Tourists sampling the Australian indigenous art scene might expect to find Mimi Spirits, lizards, landscapes and wallabies. But they'll find one thing they may not have expected: traditional more…

Thou shalt not ... own a photograph?

by Marisa Martin -- Daniele da Volterra, "Moses on Mount Sinai" PD-US Are there approximately 3,000 idols in the average American home? Using the most extreme definition of the term, that could more…