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Cultural Commonplaces Speech: Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”
The Vincent Van Gogh painting "Starry Night" fits the condition of this kind of cultural artifact. In fact, there is a reason “Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh is so popular. It is a real demonstration of how art objects are beautiful. However, the popularity of the painting some-times hinders our ability to see “Starry Night” in a different way from how we are accustomed to seeing it according to public memory.
Have you ever seen the “Mona Lisa” on a coffee cup? How about Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” printed on an umbrella? It’s amazing how many times these famous cultural ob-jects are reproduced. We have become so used to them as objects in our culture that we have lost the ability to see them with fresh eyes. Culturally famous paintings sometimes do not get the at-tention they deserve. We are accustomed to identifying to these objects in a culturally condi-tioned way that blinds us from actually seeing it afresh. In effect, we see a cultural deposit formed by a cohort of strangers who commit their understanding of the artifact into a bland pub-lic memory....
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