The Anti-Aesthetic

Essays on Postmodern Culture
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“A Best Book of the Year.” —The Village Voice

A handsome new edition of the seminal collection of late twentieth-century cultural criticism, The Anti-Aesthetic was named a Best Book of the Year by the Village Voice and considered a bible of contemporary cultural criticism.

For the past twenty 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.

Praise

“[P]robably the most useful, serious and rewarding anthology of its kind.”
Art in America
“[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
“Essential.”
—Glyn Banks, Studio International

Books by Hal Foster

Recodings
Art, Spectacle, Cultural Politics

Hal Foster

Vision and Visuality
Discussions in Contemporary Culture #2

Hal Foster