Beling"When the show is over, everything is packed up and put away in closets. The idea of a work of art lasting for centuries is over."
The vast vast majority of art has NOT lasted for centuries - only a tiny fraction of art that has been produced over the centuries has survived. Arguably most art produced today is not worth passing on, and the fact that it is "packed up and put in a closet" is imo often a good thing.
Beling 'But mainly, I think of composition as what remains when all the narrative is worn out, or not relevant any more."
That's a very profound way of looking at it. I also think much art today is BORING in part because of all the conventions of composition.
Gary Winogrand, ascended master of street photography, and a pioneer in the heretical use of the tilted horizon, had much to say about composition... a few of his thoughts
“We know too much about how pictures look and should look. How do you get around making those pictures again and again?”
“Frame in terms of what you want to have in the picture, not about making a nice picture, that anybody can do.”