The Anti-Aesthetic: Essays on Postmodern Culture

The Anti-Aesthetic: Essays on Postmodern Culture

For the past thirty 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. Includes a new afterword by Hal Foster and 12 black and white photographs.

Title:The Anti-Aesthetic: Essays on Postmodern Culture
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781565847422
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  • Zuty Lorz

    Modernity- An Incomplete ProjectJ├╝rgen HabermasThe Discipline of Aesthetic ModernityAesthetic modernity is characterized by attitudes which fin a common focus in a changed consciousness of time. The ...

  • Nick

    I really enjoyed the Fredric Jameson essay and regret not knowing about him during my stint in Santa Cruz, where he heads up the history of consciousness. In his essay, called something like"Post-mode...

  • Sarah Taylor

    This is one of the best books on postmodern theory out there. It didn't make me want to hit my head on anything, and actually clarified a few issues for me. A must read for anyone curious about postmo...

  • Michael

    The essays in The Anti-Aesthetic provide a comprehensive review of the main currents of both post-modern criticism and post-modern art forms. Addressing Feminism, Marxism, Structuralism and Deconstruc...

  • Peter Pinelli

    I've never read anything by Edward Said or Frederic Jameson until now. I'm pleasantly surprised by how engaged their writing is. I enjoyed most of the essays. A few were written with a more obscure st...

  • Brendan Coke

    Brilliant....

  • OisÝn

    Pretty much all of the essays are interesting/thought provoking, particularly those of Crimp, Owens, Ulmer, Jameson, and Said. However, as a collection; it lacked some sense of direction at points....

  • May Ling

    For the most part, this was not my cup of tea, and that is despite a true interest in post-modern thought and its impact on aesthetic (even if it be anti-aesthetic). I found the first few essays to be...

  • daniel

    "For as long as there has existed a separation between the ordinary life of laymen in the West, (that is, in those countries pursuing the imperatives of European democracies), the outcome of such purs...

  • Chris

    I would give this book less stars if I were rating it without any context. For instance, I don't necessarily recommend reading it. I read parts of it in grad school, then read the whole thing a few ye...