After attending the Hopper Exhibit at the MFA with somebody who claimed that they have never seen a Hopper painting, she looks at all the ways Hopper's Nighthawks has been reproduced in popular culture (Complete with images.)
Now, Nighthawks has been reproduced so many times that I'm a little sick of it. There's the one with James Dean and Marilyn...And doing a quick search, CSI, the Simpsons and Inuyasha and Edward Elric. Also, I'm told, one with characters from Cowboy BeBop, and many others I didn't copy.
As someone who creates things, what are we to make of that? What is the purpose of art--fodder for tomorrow's advertising (I remember my horror when I realized that Dance of the Sugarplum Fairies would be remembered as "Smurfberry Crunch is fun to eat.") Is it better that it be remembered at all?