Saturday, September 3, 2011
MLK and The Economist
interpreting a Libyan mural and critiquing the new Martin Luther King, Jr. monument (above) in Washington, DC. It's the latter article that intrigues me, and although I have nothing to add to their insightful critique, I'm impressed by The Economist's aversion to "cheap grandeur" and embrace of Maya Lin's subtlety in crafting the Vietnam War memorial. Of course it's now good form to embrace Lin's sculpture but the article, preferring that the sculptor had interpreted Dr. King in recognition of his complicated and very human life, reflects a good understanding of the nuanced art of portraiture.