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Foster, Hal

Works: 199 works in 932 publications in 10 languages and 21,026 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Exhibition catalogs  Catalogs  Interviews  Art 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Author of introduction, Creator, zxx, Other, Interviewee, Compiler, Collector, Interviewer
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Most widely held works about Hal Foster
Most widely held works by Hal Foster
Prosthetic gods by Hal Foster( )

19 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 1,732 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How to imagine not only a new art or architecture but a new self or subject equal to them? In Prosthetic Gods Hal Foster explores this question through the works and writings of such key modernists as Gauguin and Picasso, F.T. Marinetti and Wyndham Lewis, Adolf Loos and Max Ernst. These diverse figures were all fascinated by fictions of origin, either primordial and tribal or futuristic and technological. In this way, Foster argues, two forms came to dominate modernist art above all others: the primitive and the machine."--Jacket
Richard Serra by Richard Serra( )

12 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 1,566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of essays spans the complete work of sculptor Richard Serra to date. From his first experiments through his early films and site works to his current series of "torqued ellipses", this book emphasises those moments when Serra challenged aesthetic convention or political authority
Art since 1900 : modernism, antimodernism, postmodernism by Hal Foster( Book )

36 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and Spanish and held by 1,368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Arguably the four most important and influential art historians of our time, Foster, Krauss, Bois and Buchloh have collectively transformed the study of modern art. Now, in this extraordinary book, they have come together to provide the most comprehensive critical history of art in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries ever published." "With a clear and factual year-by-year structure, the authors present more than one hundred easy-to-follow articles, each focusing on a crucial event--such as the creation of a seminal work, the publication of an important text, or the opening of a major exhibition--to tell the myriad stories of art from 1900 to the present. All the key turning-points and breakthroughs of modernism and postmodernism are explored in depth, as are the frequent antimodernist reactions that proposed alternative visions of art and the world."--Jacket
The Anti-aesthetic : essays on postmodern culture by Hal Foster( Book )

68 editions published between 1983 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A handsome new edition of the seminal collection of late-twentieth-century cultural criticism. Named a Best Book of the Year by the Village Voice and considered a bible of contemporary cultural criticism, The Anti-Aesthetic is reissued now in a handsome new paperback edition. For the past twenty years, Hal Foster has pushed the boundaries of cultural criticism, establishing a vantage point from which the seemingly disparate agendas of artists, patrons, and critics have a telling coherence. In The Anti-Aesthetic, preeminent critics such as Jean Baudrillard, Rosalind Krauss, Fredric Jameson, and Edward Said consider the full range of postmodern cultural production, from the writing of John Cage, to Cindy Sherman's film stills, to Barbara Kruger's collages. With a redesigned cover and a new afterword that situates the book in relation to contemporary criticism, The Anti-Aesthetic provides a strong introduction for newcomers and a point of reference for those already engaged in discussions of postmodern art, culture, and criticism. New afterword by Hal Foster; 12 b/w photographs
Pop by Mark Francis( Book )

20 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and French and held by 1,135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Between 1956 and 1968 the rise of Pop radically shifted the boundaries between popular culture, the vernacular, the everyday, on one hand and the established aesthetic limits of art, photography, cinema and architecture on the other. This book surveys the Pop image as it developed in the work of the most influential artists of the era and those photographers, filmmakers and architects who created parallel transformations in their fields. Providing coverage of American and European work and perspectives, this is the most wide-ranging survey of Pop available."--Jacket
Critical laboratory : the writings of Thomas Hirschhorn by Thomas Hirschhorn( )

11 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For the artist Thomas Hirschhorn, writing is a crucial tool at every stage of his artistic practice. From the first sketch of an idea to appeals to potential collaborators, from detailed documentation of projects to post-disassembly analysis, Hirschhorn's writings mark the trajectories of his work. This volume collects Hirschhorn's widely scattered texts, presenting many in English for the first time. In these writings, Hirschhorn discusses the full range of his art, from works on paper to the massive Presence and Production projects in public spaces. "Statements and Letters" address broad themes of aesthetic philosophy, politics, and art historical commitments. "Projects" consider specific artworks or exhibitions. "Interviews" capture the artist in dialogue with Benjamin Buchloh, Jacques Ranciere, and others. 'Critical laboratory' also reproduces, in color, '33 Ausstellungen im öffentlichen Raum 1998-1989', an out-of-print catalog of Hirschhorn's earliest works in public space"--Jacket
The return of the real : the avant-garde at the end of the century by Hal Foster( Book )

51 editions published between 1996 and 2012 in 8 languages and held by 1,089 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Return of the Real presents an original reading of art and theory over the last three decades, with special emphasis to the controversial connections between the two. It also rethinks the relation between historical avant gardes and neo-avant-gardes. The result is an authoritative genealogy of art and theory from minimalism and pop to the present, with important ramifications for prewar studies as well. Against the cliche that contemporary art and theory are condemned to historical pastiche, Foster argues that the avant-garde returns to us from the future, repositioned by innovative work in the present. And he poses this retroactive model of art and theory against the reactionary undoing of progressive culture that is so pervasive today
The first Pop age : painting and subjectivity in the art of Hamilton, Lichtenstein, Warhol, Richter, and Ruscha by Hal Foster( Book )

19 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and Japanese and held by 825 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Who branded painting in the Pop age more brazenly than Richard Hamilton, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, and Ed Ruscha? And who probed the Pop revolution in image and identity more intensely than they? In The First Pop Age, leading critic and historian Hal Foster presents an exciting new interpretation of Pop art through the work of these Pop Five. Beautifully illustrated in color throughout, the book reveals how these seminal artists hold on to old forms of art while drawing on new subjects of media; how they strike an ambiguous attitude toward both high art and mass culture; and how they suggest that a heightened confusion between images and people is definitive of Pop culture at large. As The First Pop Age looks back to the early years of Pop art, it also raises important questions about the present: What has changed in the look of screened and scanned images today? Is our media environment qualitatively different from that described by Warhol and company? Have we moved beyond the Pop age, or do we live in its aftermath? A masterful account of one of the most important periods of twentieth-century art, this is a book that also sheds new light on our complex relationship to images today
Art since 1900 : modernism, antimodernism, postmodernism by Hal Foster( Book )

21 editions published between 2004 and 2015 in English and held by 768 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Acclaimed as the definitive work on the subject, Art Since 1900 is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the complexities of art in the modern age. Conceived by four of the most influential art historians of our time, this extraordinary book has now been brought right up to date to include the latest developments in contemporary art
Compulsive beauty by Hal Foster( Book )

39 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 733 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Surrealism has long been seen as its founder, Andre Breton, wanted it to be seen: as a movement of love and liberation. In Compulsive Beauty, Foster reads surrealism from its other, darker side: as an art given over to the uncanny, to the compulsion to repeat and the drive toward death. To this end Foster first restages the difficult encounter of surrealism with Freudian psychoanalysis, then redefines the crucial categories of surrealism -- the marvelous, convulsive beauty, objective chance -- in terms of the Freudian uncanny, or the return of familar things made strange by repression. Next, with the art of Giorgio de Chirico, Max Ernst, and Alberto Giacometti in mind, Foster develops a theory of the surrealist image as a working over of a primal fantasy. This leads him finally to propose as a summa of surrealism a body of work often shunted to its margins: the dolls of Hans Bellmer, so many traumatic tableaux that point to difficult connections not only between sadism and masochism butal so between surrealism and fascism. At this point Compulsive Beauty turns to the social dimension of the surrealist uncanny. First Foster reads the surrealist repertoire of automatons and mannequins as a reflection on the uncanny processes of mechanization and commodification. Then he considers the surrealist use of outmoded images as an attempt to work through the historical repression effected by these same processes. In a brief conclusion he discusses the fate of surrealism today in a world become surrealistic. Compulsive Beauty not only offers a deconstructive reading of surrealism, long neglected by Anglo-American art history, but also participates in a postmodern reconsideration of modernism, the dominant accounts of which have obscured its involvements in desire and trauma, capitalist shock and technological development
Barbara Kruger by Barbara Kruger( Book )

8 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 719 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Celebrates the career and work of Barbara Kruger, focusing on her exploitation of social-psychological messages embedded in popular culture through the integration of photography and text in installation pieces around the world
Recodings : art, spectacle, cultural politics by Hal Foster( Book )

26 editions published between 1985 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 647 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
The art-architecture complex by Hal Foster( Book )

26 editions published between 2011 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hal Foster, author of the acclaimed Design and Crime, argues that a fusion of architecture and art is 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 style" of architecture, as practiced by Norman Foster, Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano, that is analogous to the "international style" 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 complex" is a key indicator of broader social and economic trajectories and in urgent need of analysis and debate. -- From Inside Flap
Vision and visuality by Hal Foster( Book )

37 editions published between 1988 and 2009 in English and Japanese and held by 556 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Village Voice Book, this seminal work presents new models of vision and examines modern theories of seeing
Design and crime : and other diatribes by Hal Foster( Book )

42 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Foster explores the history of a design led culture and in an attempt to illuminate the conditions for critical culture in the present asks if the new 'political economy of design' is a cultural crime
Gauguin : metamorphoses by Paul Gauguin( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gauguin: Metamorphoses explores the remarkable relationship between Paul Gauguin's rare and extraordinary prints and transfer drawings, and his better-known paintings and sculptures in wood and ceramic. Created in several discrete bursts of activity from 1889 until his death in 1903, these remarkable works on paper reflect Gauguin's experiments with a range of media, from radically "primitive" woodcuts that extend from the sculptural gouging of his carved wood reliefs, to jewel-like watercolor monotypes and large mysterious transfer drawings. Gauguin's creative process often involved repeating and recombining key motifs from one image to another, allowing them to metamorphose over time and across mediums. Printmaking in particular provided him with many new and fertile possibilities for transposing his imagery. Though Gauguin is best known as a pioneer of modernist painting, this publication reveals a lesser-known but arguably even more innovative aspect of his practice. Richly illustrated with more than 200 works, Gauguin: Metamorphoses explores the artist's radically experimental approach to techniques and demonstrates how his engagement with media other than painting--including sculpture, printmaking and drawing--ignited his creativity
Discussions in contemporary culture by Hal Foster( Book )

30 editions published between 1987 and 1998 in English and held by 394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Gober by Paul Schimmel( Book )

21 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 384 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bad new days : art, criticism, emergency by Hal Foster( Book )

14 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Bad New Days looks back at the last twenty-five years of artistic practice in Western Europe and North America, positioning it in relation to a general condition of emergency that neoliberalism and the war of terror have brought with them. Foster argues that art has actually anticipated this condition, at times miming the collapse of the social contract, at other times resisting it, and at still other times exacerbating it critically. Against the assumption that art no longer heeds any model, he also offers several paradigms of practice over this period, which he terms "abject," "archival," "mimetic," and "precarious""--
Postmodern culture by Hal Foster( Book )

38 editions published between 1983 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Art since 1900 : modernism, antimodernism, postmodernism
Richard SerraArt since 1900 : modernism, antimodernism, postmodernismThe Anti-aesthetic : essays on postmodern culturePopThe return of the real : the avant-garde at the end of the centuryThe first Pop age : painting and subjectivity in the art of Hamilton, Lichtenstein, Warhol, Richter, and RuschaArt since 1900 : modernism, antimodernism, postmodernismCompulsive beauty
Alternative Names
Foster, Hal

Foster, Harold.

Hal Foster Amerikaans kunsthistoricus

Hal Foster critico d'arte statunitense

Hal Foster crítico de arte

Hal Foster US-amerikanischer Kunsthistoriker, Publizist und Kunstkritiker

Хэл Фостер

פוסטר, האל 1955-

פוסטר, הל 1955-

هال فاستر

هل فاستر

포스터, 할 1955-

포스터, 핼 1955-


フォスター, ハル

フォスタ-, ハル 1955-