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Bad New Days

Bad New Days

Art, Criticism, Emergency

by Hal Foster

Paperback / softback Age range: 0 to 0 years old Publication Date: 02/05/2017

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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 Ranciere, 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."

ISBN:
9781784781484
9781784781484
Category:
The arts: general issues
Age range:
0 to 0 years old
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
02-05-2017
Language:
English
Publisher:
Verso Books
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Dimensions (mm):
213.36x142.24x15.24mm
Weight:
0.37kg

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