Basque Country: An artist has become a town treasure, with a crew of devoted fans who follow his daily work, helping to lug paint jugs up and down scaffolding and doing other chores.
One of several surprises at Fallingwater -- the iconic weekend-retreat home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built on a waterfall in 1936 -- are the collection's religious works. The patrons, the Kaufmanns, were Jewish, but their collection includes Buddhist and Hindu sculptures, and several noteworthy Catholic works.
Distinctly Catholic: Mercy Matters: Opening yourself to the Life-giving Gift is not the kind of book I normally review because it is not the kind of book I normally read.
In New York, Minneapolis and Atlanta, artifacts and art illustrate the life and times of Martin Luther, while over in Europe, a moving museum hits the road.
Play Review: The characters in Lynn Nottage's latest play cope with the decline of factory jobs in the Rust Belt, a phenomenon discussed during the election.
NCR Today: "Doctor Strange" probably wasn't intended to be an occasion for sacramental teaching, but it does provide the opportunity, amid stunning visuals.
Many of Mark Podwal's artworks wear their Jewish identities on their sleeves. Here, an ostrich wraps itself in a tallit, or Jewish prayer shawl. There, a winged menorah dances among musical notes. A Passover image shows an Egyptian pyramid made of matzo; another crafts a city's wall of tefillin, or phylacteries. A spice box, used for the havdalah service bidding farewell to the Sabbath, contains skeletons that allude to the sack of Zion in the book of Lamentations.
A Cleveland Museum of Art exhibit of 31 drawings, ranging in size from roughly a sheet of computer paper to pages that cover walls, draws upon renowned artist Kara Walker's residency at Rome's American Academy of Arts earlier this year. In much of the artist's work, what can look alluring and beautiful from across the room reveals, upon close inspection, troubling inhumanity and cruelty embedded within the picturesque. A landscape in a Walker exhibit is no postcard view; it's likely to include shockingly graphic abuse, and worse, occurring in plain sight.
Film Review: Mel Gibson's new film, despite its excessive violence, reaches the level of art.
NCR Today: Most people would expect to see icons of Jesus, Mary and the saints in a Catholic church, so the artwork in one New York City church might surprise visitors.