Art: The New Monuments

Since the Pyramids, the globe has creaked under an accumulating weight of monuments raised to kings and leaders. But the U.S., the most prosperous nation history has ever known, has generally exercised considerable restraint in the monuments it has built for its heroes. Indeed, it has generally built them no monuments at all until they have been authenticated by history. At least until recently. Now every President can be sure of an almost instant memorial-and they tend to get bigger and bigger.

1971 is a bumper year for presidential monuments. One, the Lyndon Baines...

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