Why Does Art Endure?

Why is it that if you hear the name Peter Rabbit you immediately conjure up Beatrix Potter’s sweet little bunny or if I say ‘Starry Night’ your mind sees Vincent Van Gogh’s painting and not last nights sky? What is it about great art, whether it’s literature, film, fine art etc. that makes some things iconic in our minds?

How do we decide as a culture what will endure?

Is there a cultural literacy that we are all taught as children that helps us catagorize things we see and hear into ‘store deeply forever’ or ‘see this once and forget it’? After all, we don’t all have the same taste in art, music, food etc. How is it that somehow the best of the best is remembered by all?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this

if you’d like to leave a comment below. I think it could be an interesting conversation.

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