Bad New Days: Art, Criticism, Emergency

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One of the world’s leading art theorists dissects a quarter century of artistic practice

Bad New Days examines the evolution of art and criticism in Western Europe and North America over the last twenty-five years, exploring their dynamic relation to the general condition of emergency instilled by neoliberalism and the war on terror.

Considering the work of artists such as Thomas Hirschhorn, Tacita Dean, and Isa Genzken, and the writing of thinkers like Jacques Rancière, Bruno Latour, and Giorgio Agamben, Hal Foster shows the ways in which art has anticipated this condition, at times resisting the collapse of the social contract or gesturing toward its repair; at other times burlesquing it.

Against the claim that art making has become so heterogeneous as to defy historical analysis, Foster argues that the critic must still articulate a clear account of the contemporary in all its complexity. To that end, he offers several paradigms for the art of recent years, which he terms “abject,” “archival,” “mimetic,” and “precarious.”

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Hal Foster is Townsend Martin Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University and a 2014–15 fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. 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.

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“Deft, opinionated ... Foster is one of those rare art theorists whose measured prose can engage a wider readership, cutting through the philosophical inflationism that afflicts much of the higher gossip among art critics.”
Guardian

Bad New Days attempts to recover the idea of an avant-garde after a hard half-century of infighting, obfuscation, rivalry, and successive failures to engage with the real world of politics.”
—Mark Kingwell, Harper’s

“Foster’s strength lies in his erudite attention to those artists that have emerged as definitive of their particular moment.”
—Mostafa Heddaya, Artinfo

Praise for The Art-Architecture Complex:

“I find it refreshing to encounter a degree of intellectual rigour you don’t find too often on my side of the fence.”
—Rowan Moore, Observer

The Art-Architecture Complex is a timely tome with an urgent message for anyone on the art or architecture axis.”
Time Out

The Art-Architecture Complex is a persistently insightful, elliptical account of an ambiguous symbiosis.”
—Owen Hatherley

“Elegant and incisive.”
Boston Review

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