The Art-Architecture Complex

Author(s): Hal Foster


Hal Foster, author of the acclaimed Design and Crime, argues that a fusion of architecture and art has become a defining feature of contemporary culture. While architects such as Zaha Hadid and Herzog and de Meuron draw on art to reanimate design, architecture has inspired fundamental transformations in painting, sculpture and film, which are also explored here. The book includes an extensive conversation with Richard Serra. At the same time Foster points to a global styleA" of architecture, as practiced by Norman Foster, Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano, that is analogous to the international styleA" of Le Corbusier, Gropius and Mies-a global style that, more than any art, conveys the look of modernity today, both its dreams and its delusions. In these ways Foster demonstrates that the art-architecture complexA" is a key indicator of broader social and economic trajectories, and in urgent need of analysis and debate.


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Praise for Design and Crime Elegant and incisive essays.A" Boston Review Foster writes with polemical verve and, at times, aphoristic cleverness.A" Art in America For people who look toward critical theory as a way to out-think the powers that be rather than to disguise fuzzy thinking behind hermetic verbiage, Foster makes a lot of sense.A" Village Voice Foster is spot-on - His 'radical anamnesis' is a notably stirring performance - exactly the kind of book the design world should want.A" Bookforum

Hal Foster is Townsend Martin Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University. A coeditor 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. He is the author of Design and Crime from Verso.

General Fields

  • : 9781844676897
  • : Verso Books
  • : Verso Books
  • : August 2011
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 33mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

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  • : 611
  • : Hardback
  • : Hal Foster