The Art-Architecture Complex

The Art-Architecture Complex

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by Hal Foster
     
 

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Hal Foster, author of the acclaimed Design and Crime, argues that a fusion of architecture and art has become a defining feature of contemporary culture. While architects such as Zaha Hadid and Herzog and de Meuron draw on art to reanimate design, architecture has inspired fundamental transformations in painting, sculpture and film, which are also explored…  See more details below

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Hal Foster, author of the acclaimed Design and Crime, argues that a fusion of architecture and art has become a defining feature of contemporary culture. While architects such as Zaha Hadid and Herzog and de Meuron draw on art to reanimate design, architecture has inspired fundamental transformations in painting, sculpture and film, which are also explored here. The book includes an extensive conversation with Richard Serra. At the same time Foster points to a “global style” of architecture, as practiced by Norman Foster, Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano, that is analogous to the “international style” of Le Corbusier, Gropius and Mies—a global style that, more than any art, conveys the look of modernity today, both its dreams and its delusions. In these ways Foster demonstrates that “the art-architecture complex” is a key indicator of broader social and economic trajectories, and in urgent need of analysis and debate.

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Editorial Reviews

Rowan Moore - The Observer
“As an architecture writer reading Foster, who comes from the direction of art theory, I find it refreshing to encounter a degree of intellectual rigour you don't find too often on my side of the fence.”
The Observer
As an architecture writer reading Foster, who comes from the direction of art theory, I find it refreshing to encounter a degree of intellectual rigour you don't find too often on my side of the fence.— Rowan Moore
Library Journal
In this new collection of 11 essays, brimming with ideas and analysis, Foster (art history, Princeton) treats different guises of modernism and the often messy intersections of art and architecture apparent in the global styles of star architects such as Richard Rogers, Norman Foster, Renzo Piano, Zaha Hadid, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Herzog & de Meuron. On the artistic side, the minimalism of sculptors Richard Serra, Dan Flavin, and Donald Judd receive prime attention. Foster focuses on high-profile building and art projects where art and architecture are juxtaposed or combined, both to dazzling results and dismissals as banal. He addresses questions about sculptural architecture, design integrity, mixed media and hybridity, collaboration and competition, aesthetics, "imageability," and technologies. The last piece is a fascinating conversation with Serra about influences, techniques, and spatial effects. Versions of about half of the essays appeared in Artforum and the London Review of Books. VERDICT Foster's forceful, informed opinions will appeal to readers interested in the fusion, complexities, and tensions of contemporary architecture and its convergence with modern art.—Russell T. Clement, Northwestern Univ. Lib., Evanston, IL
Arcade
“Hal Foster’s newest contribution to the genre stands alone … Foster is terrific at unearthing the unintended consequences of our consumer-oriented culture, in particular on those architects who imagine their work as critiques of consumerism”
Observer
As an architecture writer reading Foster, who comes from the direction of art theory, I find it refreshing to encounter a degree of intellectual rigour you don’t find too often on my side of the fence.— Rowan Moore
Rowan Moore - Observer
“As an architecture writer reading Foster, who comes from the direction of art theory, I find it refreshing to encounter a degree of intellectual rigour you don’t find too often on my side of the fence.”
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 “A worldview expansive enough to see dominant tendencies in contemporary architecture and (fairly) recent art as flipsides of the same coin … criticism with vaulting ambitions.” Art Review
“I find it refreshing to encounter a degree of intellectual rigour you don’t find too often on my side of the fence.” Rowan Moore, Observer

“Brimming with ideas and analysis.” Library Journal

“Prepares the ground for a wide-ranging and nuanced discussion of the contemporary links between artistic and architectural practice.” 
Stephen Walker, Times Higher Education

“A timely tome with an urgent message.” Time Out
“Foster is terrific at unearthing the unintended consequences of our consumer-oriented culture on architectural/artistic ideas, in particular on those architects who imagine their work as critiques of consumerism.”
JM Cava, Arcade

The Art-Architecture Complex is a persistently insightful, elliptical account of an ambiguous symbiosis.” Owen Hatherley, Building Design

Observer - Rowan Moore
“As an architecture writer reading Foster, who comes from the direction of art theory, I find it refreshing to encounter a degree of intellectual rigour you don’t find too often on my side of the fence.”
Times Higher Education - Stephen Walker
“Prepares the ground for a wide-ranging and nuanced discussion of the contemporary links between artistic and architectural practice.”
Arcade - JM Cava
“Hal Foster’s newest contribution to the genre stands alone … Foster is terrific at unearthing the unintended consequences of our consumer-oriented culture, in particular on those architects who imagine their work as critiques of consumerism”
Building Design - Owen Hatherley
“The Art-Architecture Complex is a persistently insightful, elliptical account of an ambiguous symbiosis.”
Stephen Walker - Times Higher Education
“Prepares the ground for a wide-ranging and nuanced discussion of the contemporary links between artistic and architectural practice.”
JM Cava - Arcade
“Hal Foster’s newest contribution to the genre stands alone … Foster is terrific at unearthing the unintended consequences of our consumer-oriented culture, in particular on those architects who imagine their work as critiques of consumerism”
Owen Hatherley - Building Design
“The Art-Architecture Complex is a persistently insightful, elliptical account of an ambiguous symbiosis.”
Time Out
“A timely tome with an urgent message for anyone on the art or architecture axis.”
Art Review
“A worldview expansive enough to see dominant tendencies in contemporary architecture and (fairly) recent arts as flipsides of the same coin, and both as reflective of the contemporary political order. This, then, is criticism with vaulting ambitions.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844676897
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
10/24/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
8.52(w) x 5.96(h) x 1.16(d)

Meet the Author

Hal Foster is Townsend Martin Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University. A co-editor of October magazine and books, he is the editor of The Anti-Aesthetic, and the author of Design and Crime, Recording, The Return of the Real, Compulsive Beauty and The Art-Architecture Complex.

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