Design and Crime: And Other Diatribes

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Verso, 2002 - Art - 176 pages
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In the first half of this book, Hal Foster surveys our new 'political economy of design,' exploring the marketing of culture and the branding of identity, the development of spectacle-architecture and the rise of global cities. In the second half, he examines the historical relations of modern art and the 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. Written in a lively style, Design and Crime offers historical sketches and contemporary test-cases in an attempt to illuminate the conditions for critical culture in the present.
  

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It's pretty solid. I have similar and, I suppose, pretty conservative ideas concerning the dangers of attaching anthropomorphic values to knick knacks. The problem here is that Foster falls back on a ... Read full review

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Contents

BROW BEATEN
3
DESIGN AND CRIME
13
MASTER BUILDER
27
ARCHITECTURE AND EMPIRE
43
ART AND ARCHIVE
63
ARCHIVES OF MODERN ART
65
ANTINOMIES IN ART HISTORY
83
ART CRITICS IN EXTREMIS
104
THIS FUNERAL IS FOR THE WRONG CORPSE
123
NOTES
145
INDEX
171
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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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