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In these diatribes on the marketing of culture and the ...
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.
“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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|Pt. I||Architecture and Design|
|2||Design and Crime||13|
|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|