I just read a post on an aesthetics discussion list in which the writer says, "works of art die."
He continues to explain that at some point (my paraphrazing here), works of art are extremely relevant and inspiring. Once, "decoded" or analyzed to death, we might lose interest in them.
Then again, do truly great works of art ever die? Don’t they continue to occupy our interest because of their complexity? In other words, we keep returning to them because we haven’t yet figured them out. We’re still intrigued, still digging up new questions and interpretations.
What does this mean for the contemporary artist? What criteria need to be used?