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…

'Foreskin Man' flies off to Africa

by Marisa Martin -- "Foreskin Man" I thought nothing from California could ever shock me, but this did. Propaganda, public art and angst over male genitalia is not considered odd in the more…

Lions and LEGOs and concubines, oh my!

by Marisa Martin -- "Noah Catching Owl" – by Brandon Powell Smith Is it a bird? Is it a parody? Is it blasphemy? Whatever else the "Reverend" Brandon Smith Powell's work is, more…

The day Twitter brought down Red China

by Marisa Martin -- Ai Weiwei (Photo: Hafebar at de.Wikipedia) How many policemen does it take to arrest an artist? Apparently about 50 if the artist is famed Ai Weiwei and the more…

Old Glory, or faded glory?

by Marisa Martin -- The American flag – fought over, died for, mocked, hated and loved – leads a second life as an artist's muse. Yes, the Stars and Stripes have inspired more…

Bible gets beautiful face-lift

by Marisa Martin -- Makoto Fujimori (photographer, Brad Guise) Four hundred years ago King James had this great idea: Lock 54 of the most brilliant, British scholars in a room, hand them more…

'Murderous, blind sculptor strikes again!'

by Marisa Martin -- TV's 'Mod Squad' Last week my research proved what I had long suspected; artists in America are not exactly highly regarded (see pathetic poll results from my last more…

No, artists are not all perverts and 'commies'

by Marisa Martin -- Salvador Dali, flamboyant, communist artist Public opinion polls consistently rank "artist" as one of the least highly regarded professions, and Gallup's "Most Honest and Ethical Professions" poll fails more…

Preacher's work breaks 'in' to art world

by Marisa Martin -- Courtesy Paradise Garden Foundation and Finster family If you weren't fortunate enough be in Pennville, Ga., at some point between 1961 and 2001, you missed meeting one of more…

Tsunami victims get aid from unexpected source

by Marisa Martin -- Disasters have a way of bringing together the most unlikely pairings. The recent Haitian and Japanese tragedies were followed by the usual Red Cross appeals, along with unprecedented more…