Recodings / Edition 1

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Overview

For the past few decades Hal Foster’s critical gaze has encompassed the increasingly complex machinery of the culture industry. His observations push the boundaries of cultural criticism to establish a vantage point from which the seemingly disparate agendas of artists, patrons, and critics have a telling coherence. Recodings has become the classic “primer in poststructuralist debate” (Village Voice). The essays present a constellation of concerns about the limits and myths of postmodernism, the uses and abuses of historicism, the connections of recent art and architecture with media spectacle and institutional power, and the transformations of the avant garde and of cultural politics generally.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565844643
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/1/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 0.55 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Hal Foster is Townsend Martin Class of 1917 Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University, where he teaches courses in modernist and contemporary art and theory and directs the graduate proseminar in methodology. He is a faculty member of the School of Architecture and an associate faculty member of the Department of German; he also works with Media and Modernity and European Cultural Studies programs. He is the author of numerous books, including The Anti-Aesthetic: Essays on Postmodern Culture and Recodings: Art, Spectacle, Cultural Politics, both published by The New Press. He is also the editor of two New Press books, Discussions in Contemporary Culture #1 and Vision and Visuality: Discussions in Contemporary Culture #2. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Foster writes regularly for October, which he co-edits; Artforum; the London Review of Books; and New Left Review.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
I Signs and Symptoms
Against Pluralism 13
Between Modernism and the Media 33
The Expressive Fallacy 59
Contemporary Art and Spectacle 79
Subversive Signs 99
II (Post)Modern Polemics
(Post)Modern Polemics 121
For a Concept of the Political in Contemporary Art 139
Readings in Cultural Resistance 157
The "Primitive" Unconscious of Modern Art, or White Skin Black Masks 181
Notes
Index
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