Design and Crime (And Other Diatribes)
By Hal Foster
(Verso, Paperback, 9781859844533, 194pp.)
Publication Date: December 27, 2003
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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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.
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.
“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