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About the Author: Hal Foster

Hal Foster is a Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University specializing in 20th century art.

Note: for the comic book artist, see Harold "Hal" Foster.


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Art, Criticism, Emergency by

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Hardcover, Published in Sep 2015 by Verso

ISBN10: 1784781452 | ISBN13: 9781784781453

Page count: 208

One of the world’s leading art theorists dissects a quarter century of artistic practice

Bad New Days looks back at the last twenty-five years of artistic practice in Western Europe and North America, positioning it in relation to a general condition of emergency that neoliberalism and the war of terror have brought with them. Foster argues that art has actually anticipated this condition, at times miming the collapse of the social contract, at other times resisting it, and at still other times exacerbating it critically. Against the assumption that art no longer heeds any model, he also offers several paradigms of practice over this period, which he terms “abject,” “archival,” “mimetic,” and “precarious.”

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