Goldberg's account is particularly moving. And there are occasional bright spots among Sally Mann's images. But much of the rest makes you wonder why victimization and human suffering have become such a popular draw. Is it part of a search for transcendent heroes whose rise above misery and tragedy rival the martyrdom of age-old prophets, saints and gods? An effort to find courage in every moment? Or have we simply lost our imagination?
"Heroic Painting" continues through Sunday, July 5; "Hospice" continues through Sunday, July 26, at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central. For more information, see the Art listing.