Anti-Aesthetic - Essays on Postmodern Culture

Author(s): Hal Foster

critical theory | theory and history

For the past thirty 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. Includes a new afterword by Hal Foster and 12 black and white photographs.


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"Essential."--Glyn Banks, "Studio International" "[M]ay have initiated the rising wave of books that both criticize modernist art and take new critical approaches to art in general."--"Vantage Point" "[P]robably the most useful, serious and rewarding anthology of its kind."--"Art in America"

Hal Foster is the Townsend Martin '17 Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University.

General Fields

  • : 9781565847422
  • : The New Press
  • : The New Press
  • : January 2002
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Hal Foster
  • : BC
  • : 208