The History Of Memorials

Newsweek offers an insightful perspective into how memorials have changed over the last century.
September 11, 2003, 1pm PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"Walking through the Saint-Gaudens exhibition, you feel as if you’ve set the Wayback Machine to an age when great art and national trauma breathed the same air. In the early 21st century—when memorials have more in common with landscape architecture than sculpture and tend to be designed by virtual unknowns, so as to avoid even a hint of controversy—the Saint-Gaudens show reveals how much esthetic rapture, even in mourning, has been displaced by gloomy theoretical posturing. It also reveals just how difficult it has become to think of traditional sculpture and memorials as serving the same goals."

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Published on Thursday, September 11, 2003 in Newsweek
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