Anti-Aesthetic: Essays on Postmodern Culture

Overview


For the past thirty years, Hal Foster has pushed the boundaries of cultural criticism, establishing a vantage point from which the seemingly disparate agendas of artists, patrons, and critics have a telling coherence. In The Anti-Aesthetic, preeminent critics such as Jean Baudrillard, Rosalind Krauss, Fredric Jameson, and Edward Said consider the full range of postmodern cultural production, from the writing of John Cage, to Cindy Sherman's film stills, to Barbara Kruger's collages. With a redesigned cover and a...
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Overview


For the past thirty years, Hal Foster has pushed the boundaries of cultural criticism, establishing a vantage point from which the seemingly disparate agendas of artists, patrons, and critics have a telling coherence. In The Anti-Aesthetic, preeminent critics such as Jean Baudrillard, Rosalind Krauss, Fredric Jameson, and Edward Said consider the full range of postmodern cultural production, from the writing of John Cage, to Cindy Sherman's film stills, to Barbara Kruger's collages. With a redesigned cover and a new afterword that situates the book in relation to contemporary criticism, The Anti-Aesthetic provides a strong introduction for newcomers and a point of reference for those already engaged in discussions of postmodern art, culture, and criticism. Includes a new afterword by Hal Foster and 12 black and white photographs.
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"Essential."
—Glyn Banks, Studio International

"[M]ay have initiated the rising wave of books that both criticize modernist art and take new critical approaches to art in general."
Vantage Point

"[P]robably the most useful, serious and rewarding anthology of its kind."
Art in America

Village Voice
A Best Book of the Year.
Art in America
[P]robably the most useful, serious and rewarding anthology of its kind.
Glyn Banks
Essential.
Vantage Point
[M]ay have initiated the rising wave of books that both criticize modernist art and take new critical approaches to art in general.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565847422
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 989,517
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author


Hal Foster is the Townsend Martin '17 Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University.
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Table of Contents

Postmodernism: A Preface
Modernity - An Incomplete Project 3
Towards a Critical Regionalism: Six Points for an Architecture of Resistance 16
Sculpture in the Expanded Field 31
On the Museum's Ruins 43
The Discourse of Others: Feminists and Postmodernism 57
The Object of Post-Criticism 83
Postmodernism and Consumer Society 111
The Ecstasy of Communication 126
Opponents, Audiences, Constituencies and Community 135
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2004

    Recommended - If you have extra time

    This book is actually pretty boring, with some of the essays. However, many parts are interesting, and so I suggest this book to a high-level reader that has plenty of extra time, for this is not a book that you can read for true enjoyment. 4 stars www.rippazinc.co.nr

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