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what does it mean?

His words tap into greater truths about this time "capsule art" , about how the drive to understand others , often derivers from a more personal need to understand ourselves.


Aug 25, 2016 5:16 PM
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What does it mean?

His words tap into greater truths about this "time capsule" art, about how the drive to understand others often derives from a more personal need to understand ourselves.

Perhaps this refers to Warhol's "Time Capsules" which is a collection of objects that he considered significant within the context of their (the objects') original time and place. ("Pop Art" is basically about the consumerism of the 1950's-70s.) Warhol seemed to put just about anything and everything in boxes to be saved. What is art, after all?

By placing the objects in a position to be viewed in the future, we might gain insight into people of the past, maybe the present. Perhaps we may understand other people by observing whether (or why) they find these things significant. However, his (or someone's) writings about the art ("His words") talk about the artist's true desire ("personal need") to better understand himself (or "ourselves" as individuals) by the way he collects and/or views particular objects. 

If other people think it's important, is it? How does my view of what is important compare to society's view? What do the things I collect tell me about myself? Where do I fit in with the larger society?

It's a great philosophical question. Indeed, what does it mean? :-)

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