Synopses & Reviews
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.
Foster is spot-on ' exactly the kind of book the design world should want.Design and Crimeis cool, measured, and steady, like a Gunsmokeshootout. -- Greil Marcus
Written in a lively style, this title explores 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 post modernism. 20 photos.
The role of design in a 'near-perfect circuit of production and consumption.'
About the Author
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.