Maureen Mullarkey
Maureen Mullarkey
Maureen Mullarkey
Maureen Mullarkey is a painter and a critic. A member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA), she writes on art and its intersection with religious and politics. Her essays have appeared in various publications, including The Nation, The Hudson Review, Arts Magazine, Art & Antiques, and The American Arts Quarterly. She was a columnist for The New York Sun during its life as a print publication. Currently, she is a senior contributor to The Federalist, an irregular contributor to The Weekly Standard, and keeper of a weblog titled Studio Matters. She is represented by George Billis Gallery, NYC. Follow her on Twitter, @mmletters.
To Depoliticize Art, Trump Has To Do More Than End Federal Endowments

A culture war is not a street fight. Axing the endowments scores points but still leaves the arts captive to academia and its maze of orthodoxies.

What Blame Do Parents Share For The Sudden Emergence Of Trans Kids?

Transgender status is a complex and odd bid for public attention, especially coming from children.

How Pope Francis Helped An Unrepentant Terrorist Get A Presidential Pardon

Papal connivance with the commutation of Oscar Lopez-Rivera’s sentence was not spontaneous. Francis’ mercy-mongering on his behalf lasted more than a year.

Jesus Could Have Been A Blue-Collar Jew

Christians are still in Christmastide; the Christmas story remains timely for a few more days. And to take the Incarnation seriously is to take history seriously.

Hillary Clinton’s New York Hometown Is Still Despondent Over Her Loss

Like Piglet noticing that his Very Small Heart could hold a large amount of Gratitude, residents are thankful for her Presence here among us.

What Life Is Like For Artists In The Time Of Trump

Donald Trump’s victory has affected even the artists’ listserv I belong to. A December 3 broadcast touted an ‘action plan’ to stop Trump.

The Met’s Jerusalem Exhibit Pursues Jihad By Other Means

‘Jerusalem 1000 to 1400: Every People Under Heaven’ at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a sophisticated exercise in historical revision and cultural proselytizing.

Catholics Should Condemn Hillary’s Real Crimes, Not Her Staffers’ Email Comments

Our shepherds avert their eyes from the squalor of Hillary Clinton’s behavior in office and her policy proposals. Instead, they take aim at the thought crimes of her campaign team.

Feminists Blazed The Trail For Donald Trump’s Vulgarity

You want locker room talk? Forget Donald Trump. His old-style cisgender crudity is as outdated as a codpiece.

Christians Shouldn’t Approach Today’s World As If It’s Pagan Rome

We learn from history only if we draw the right lessons from it. The radical distance between the Roman world and our own is far-reaching.

Because The Incarnate Matters, E-Readers Can Never Replace Real Books

E-readers are efficient and easy to use—but they’ll never compare to the tangible pleasures of physical books.

Was Jacques Hamel A Martyr To The Faith Or To His Illusions About Islam?

The ISIS-inspired attack on a priest and his church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray is a lesson in the price Christianity pays for the fanaticism of profligate mercy.

Can’t We Just Mourn The Police Instead Of Exploiting Their Deaths?

Our town’s commemoration of the Orlando terrorist attacks was well-attended, self-congratulatory, even festive. Its memorial for slain police officers was sparse and ambivalent.

A Free Society Is The Common Enemy Of Radical Islam And The Left

Our elites compete with each other for conjuring away the obvious or turning it into a spearhead against the open society that offends both totalitarian Islam and the Left.

Pope Francis Betrays Christianity By Romanticizing Poverty

Pope Francis’s ‘theology of the people’ is Marxism.

Trump: The Art Of The Brand

The moral and civic vulgarity of our political class is more consequential, more dangerous, than Donald Trump’s offenses against polite taste.

What Vintage Pulp Fiction Covers Say About Today’s Vices

The cover art for vintage pulp fiction had the virtue of acknowledging the centrality of sin even while exploiting it.

Why Anti-Catholicism Will Rise

The descent into manipulative power politics by Pope Francis and many bishops presages a resurgence of anti-Catholic sentiment in the United States.

Behind Our Lack Of Personal Responsibility Is A Refusal To Confess Sins

The curtained confessional stands as the emblem of a moral universe remote from the temper of our time. Now, we excuse evildoing, and blame the innocent.

Mizzou Is What Happens When We Allow Too Much Privacy

Today’s campus crybullies, insisting on the primacy of their willed realities, are inheritors of Bill Clinton’s poisonous grand jury moment in 1998.