In the 1960's, an artist painted a can of soup and it was a successful art piece. Many people have long wondered why it was so successful. The artist understood his culture, and he painted something everyone had experienced. It drew people together through their familiarity with both the soup and the company that produced it. It took several generations of people, from many parts of a country and gave them a way to define their lives as a group. People of all ages, races, creeds and backgrounds ate this soup on a regular basis. It was part of their shared culture and had unknowingly become an icon to represent this sharing. Adding it to the world of art helped with this recognition.


The Transitory Nature of Icons

Cultural icons define a group of people in a small time frame. They tell the story of a people during...


Icons in Cultural Art

Every group of people is defined by their culture. They may not know it, but they also contribute to that...


Cultural Art and Social Media

The ability to communicate instantly through social media leads to the rise and fall of cultural icons on a regular...