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BAD NEW DAYS: ART, CRITICISM, EMERGENCY. Hal Foster. Verso, New Left Books, London, 2015. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Penguin Random House LLC, New York. 204 pp. with 64 ills. (61 col.). 22 x 15 cm. LC 2015-15515 ISBN 9781784781453 In English.
Publisher's description: 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."
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-1990 — Several Media, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 70
Worldwide Number: 168979
Hardcover $26.95t (libraries receive a 20% discount on this title)    

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