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  • Hardcover: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Verso Books (12 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844676897
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844676897
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 3 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 581,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A worldview expansive enough to see dominant tendencies in contemporary architecture and (fairly) recent art as flipsides of the same coin, and both as reflective of the contemporary political order. This, then, is criticism with vaulting ambitions. --Art Review

A timely tome with an urgent message for anyone on the art or architecture axis. --Time Out

A refreshingly rigorous argument. --Rowan Moore, Observer

About the Author

Hal Foster is Townsend Martin Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University. A coeditor of October magazine and books, he is the editor of The Anti-Aesthetic: Essays on Postmodern Culture and author of Compulsive Beauty and The Return of the Real. He is the author of Design and Crime from Verso.


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For any reader of art criticism Hal Foster is well known. His insights into artistic movements and the social theories of visual culture are academic but writen with a confidence and simplicity of prose that is both refreshingly excessible and insightful. The Art-Architecture Complex is something of a first, a glance at the considerations of the theories and forms that create the fabric of our modern cities, a first because architecture is a realm that is generally ignored by the art historian or visual theorist. Foster makes a convincing argument for the connections between the development of modern architecture and visual art. I particularly like the connections between the study of modernist painting and contemporary architecture. What does Charles Jencks think about the book?
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5.0 out of 5 stars imagistic 2 Dec. 2012
By Joongwon Lee - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book to understand some of contemporary architects
(Rogers/Foster/Piano & Hadid/D+S+R/Herzog dM/Nouvel)in relation to
key minimalist artists (Serra/Judd/Flavin/Turrell). I guess I wanted to
learn the similarities and differences of them.

This book is more serious and informative than what I had imagined.
The author, who has a full grip of Modernism and Minimalism, begins with
the Global Architects (Rogers/Foster/Piano) and moves through
Art-Oriented Architects (Hadid/D+S+R/Herzog dM/Nouvel).
He points out both positive and negative sides. But ultimately, his
position is socio-critical, critiquing that the current "Global"
and "Minimal" are both somewhat iconic and imagistic architecture
that inflects the original mission of Modernism and Minimalism.

The author also introduces Dia Beacon and MOMA, as places for
minimal art (Dia) and neo-minimal (this term is my reading of the book) art (MOMA).
In Dia, he talks about how the art of minimalism has changed various conditions of the
art, the viewer, and the art institution. This positive position somewhat bends
as he talks about MOMA's recent expansion. Architectural minimalism here,
though executed with high-level of technlogy and design commitment, to the
critic, it is a super-financing of the look of the minimalism; that is socio-politically
mission absent.

In the third section, the author introduces many artists in
sculpture, film, and painting. (Personally, this part is awesome..)
Writings on the experiments of Richard Serra, Donald Judd, Anthony Mccall, and James Turrell etc
is extremely informative. Particularly, most energy is paid to Serra.
Author's preeminent artwork (architecture included) is Richard Serra's.
Serra's works are, to the author,"embodiment" rather than "imagistic",
thereby making a subject to be reflexive about the conditions of living by experiencing the art.

It seems, mission of the book is to critically survey art-bent architecture in relation to
architecture-bent art in the contemporary society. The book is disturbingly intellectual
executing this job. Yet, I still have a doubt. The perspective of the author is bound to
Serra-solution, or more correctly, critical theory bound solution, leaving less room
to "performative" or "capitalistic". Was it right to measure the "performative" based
on the ruler of "criticality" remains to be asked.

Still, best book of 2012 on the critical review of art-architecture !!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars recommended! 22 Sept. 2014
By steve van eck - Published on Amazon.com
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Hal Foster's prose is measured and clear. I've found his themes popular in discussions with historic preservationists, critics, and architects alike. This is because the arguments are grounded in historical narrative and practice, coeval with an intellectual history and architectural in the 20th century. recommended!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great! 17 May 2015
By Alan Diaz - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book. After reading this book it is obvious that Hal Foster is an extremely knowledgeable academic in a wide range of subjects. However, unlike many other academics of his stature he manages to write in a very refreshingly exciting way. The writing is dense where it needs to be, but maintains a casual tone where it doesn't. I was so engaged by it that I found myself devouring the book in just a couple of days. I will give it a second reading though, his chapters on minimalism and (specially) Richard Serra are quite frankly amazing. As a plus, the book itself is great. Ive rarely come across a $17 book with color images and good quality paper. I usually have no mercy underlining my books and scribbling around in them, but I found myself being more careful with this one.
4.0 out of 5 stars I do recommend for all people interested in contemporary architecture 24 July 2015
By wf - Published on Amazon.com
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Very interesting approach. I do recommend for all people interested in contemporary architecture.
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