Design and Crime (And Other Diatribes)

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"Today you don't have to be filthy rich to be designer and designed in one?whether the product in question is your home or business, your sagging face (designer surgery) or lagging personality (designer drugs), your historical memory (designer museum) or DNA future (designer children). One thing seems clear: design abets a near-perfect circuit of production and consumption, without much running-room for anything else."

In these diatribes on the marketing of culture and the ...

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Overview

"Today you don't have to be filthy rich to be designer and designed in one—whether the product in question is your home or business, your sagging face (designer surgery) or lagging personality (designer drugs), your historical memory (designer museum) or DNA future (designer children). One thing seems clear: design abets a near-perfect circuit of production and consumption, without much running-room for anything else."

In these diatribes on the marketing of culture and the branding of identity, the development of spectacle-architecture and the rise of global cities, Hal Foster surveys our new political economy of design. Written in a lively style, Design and Crime explores the historical relations of modern art and modern museum, the conceptual vicissitudes of art history and visual studies, the recent travails of art criticism, and the double aftermath of modernism and postmodernism in an attempt to illuminate the conditions for critical culture in the present.

Author Biography: 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: Essays on Postmodern Culture and author of Compulsive Beauty and The Return of the Real.

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Editorial Reviews

Bookforum
“Foster is spot-on ... exactly the kind of book the design world should want.”
Boston Review
“Elegant and incisive essays.”
National Post
“In a polite and even schmoozy art world, Foster stands out for being willing to make barbed comments on design gods.”
Village Voice
“Foster makes a lot of sense.”
Thomas Crow
A guiding intelligence for anyone who wants to know why contemporary art matters.
Village Voice
Foster makes a lot of sense.
From the Publisher
“Foster is spot-on ... exactly the kind of book the design world should want.”—Bookforum

Design and Crime is cool, measured, and steady, like a Gunsmoke shootout.”—Greil Marcus

“In these elegant and incisive essays, Foster argues that in recent years art culture has lost ground to business culture, and become a franchise of the pervasive global marketplace.”—Boston Review

“In a polite and even schmoozy art world, Foster stands out for being willing to make barbed comments on design gods.”—National Post

Design and Crime is demanding, angry and gentle—a powerful antidote to cultural ennui.”—Modern Painters

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844676705
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 1/10/2011
  • Series: Radical Thinkers Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 960,474
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.56 (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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Table of Contents

List of illustrations and credits
Preface
Pt. I Architecture and Design
1 Brow Beaten 3
2 Design and Crime 13
3 Master Builder 27
4 Architecture and Empire 43
Pt. II Art and Archive
5 Archives of Modern Art 65
6 Antinomies in Art History 83
7 Art Critics in extremis 104
8 This Funeral is for the Wrong Corpse 123
Notes 145
Index 171
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