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THE ART-ARCHITECTURE COMPLEX

New in paperback

By Hal Foster

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Published July 2013

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A leading art theorist analyses the global style in art and architecture

Hal Foster, author of the acclaimed Design and Crime, argues that a fusion of architecture and art is a defining feature of contemporary culture. He identifies a “global style” of architecture—as practiced by Norman Foster, Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano—analogous to the international style of Le Corbusier, Gropius and Mies.

More than any art, today’s global style conveys both the dreams and delusions of modernity. Foster demonstrates that a study of the “art-architecture complex” provides invaluable insight into broader social and economic trajectories in urgent need of analysis.

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“As an architecture writer reading Foster, who comes from the direction of art theory, I find it refreshing to encounter a degree of intellectual rigour you don’t find too often on my side of the fence.” – Rowan Moore, OBSERVER

“The Art-Architecture Complex is a persistently insightful, elliptical account of an ambiguous symbiosis.” – Owen Hatherley, BUILDING DESIGN

“Prepares the ground for a wide-ranging and nuanced discussion of the contemporary links between artistic and architectural practice.” – Stephen Walker, THES

“A timely tome with an urgent message for anyone on the art or architecture axis.” – TIME OUT

“A worldview expansive enough to see dominant tendencies in contemporary architecture and (fairly) recent arts as flipsides of the same coin, and both as reflective of the contemporary political order. This, then, is criticism with vaulting ambitions.” – ART REVIEW

“Hal Foster’s newest contribution to the genre stands alone; Foster is terrific at unearthing the unintended consequences of our consumer-oriented culture, in particular on those architects who imagine their work as critiques of consumerism.” – ARCADE

“Brimming with ideas and analysis … forceful, informed opinions.” – LIBRARY JOURNAL

“[L]ike the inimitable Jeeves, Hal Foster’s newest contribution to the genre stands alone. It’s refreshing to find writing on design that isn’t attempting to force a straightjacket of idiosyncratic theory onto the world at large. Foster writes because, through the fog of our distraught culture, he perceives an outline, the shape of something important and useful to our collective evolution and well-being, drilling into the complexities of contemporary architecture and art with unmatched clarity and social concern. Foster is terrific at unearthing the unintended consequences of our consumer-oriented culture on architectural/artistic ideas, in particular on those architects who imagine their work as critiques of consumerism. This book sets a standard for bona fide research into contemporary architectural theory and lays the groundwork upon which architects, artists and cultural observers can further reflect.” – JM Cava, ARCADE

“Writing on Norman Foster, Renzo Piano, Zaha Hadid, and Diller + Scofidio, among others, Foster parses such topics as function versus spectacle, the myth of transparency in glassy buildings, and the fetishism of materials, detailing and exposed infrastructure. He alludes to the symbolic, propagandistic service that giant, gleaming, futuristic buildings provide for their corporate clients…we need more of his probing analysis and polemical rage against the machine.” – Ken Johnson, ART IN AMERICA

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Paperback / ISBN: 9781781681046 / $24.95 / £14.99 / $26.50CAN / 320 pages

Hardback / ISBN: 9781844676897 / $28.95 / £20.00 / $33.50CAN / 316 pages

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THE ART-ARCHITECTURE COMPLEX

NEW TITLE:
THE ART-ARCHITECTURE COMPLEX
BY HAL FOSTER
PUBLISHED: 26 SEPTEMBER 2011
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UK EVENTS

6 September, 2011 – 7pm:
London Review Bookshop
14 Bury Place
London WC1A 2JL UK

In what promises to be a thought-provoking evening, Hal Foster will be at the London Review Bookshop to discuss his theories and to present the argument of THE ART-ARCHITECTURE COMPLEX.
For more information: http://www.versobooks.com/events/213-hal-foster-the-art-architecture-comple

7 September, 2011 – 7.30pm:
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX

Hal Foster argues that a fusion of art and architecture has come to define a global style in contemporary culture, highlighting the new cult of the ‘starchitect’ across the world. He explores his theory of a new ‘international style’ to mark publication of THE ART-ARCHITECTURE COMPLEX.
For more information: http://www.versobooks.com/events/200-hal-foster

8 September, 2011 – 7pm:
Whitechapel Gallery
77-82 Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7QX UK

A BIG IDEAS lecture, in which renowned critic, theorist and art historian Hal Foster gives a lecture on his new book THE ART-ARCHITECTURE COMPLEX, in which he argues that a fusion of architecture and art has become a defining feature of contemporary culture.
For more information: http://www.versobooks.com/events/189-hal-foster-the-art-architecture-comple

9 September, 2011 – 1.15pm:
Institute of Contemporary Arts
The Mall, London
SW1Y 5AH UK

Hal Foster, Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University and internationally renowned author, will be joining the ICA for this lunch time conversation to discuss his work and the changing shape of culture in the 21st century.
For more information: http://www.versobooks.com/events/210-culture-now-hal-foster

9 September, 2011, 6pm:
Bristol Festival of Ideas, Watershed Media Centre
1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside
Bristol BS1 5TX UK

In a talk and Q&A, Hal Foster turns his attention to how art and architecture have informed each other over the past 50 years. He argues that their fusion has become a defining feature of contemporary culture and provides a scathing critique of the post-industrial cultural economy.
For more information: http://www.versobooks.com/events/207-hal-foster-at-the-bristol-festival-of-ideas  
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Hal Foster, author of the acclaimed DESIGN AND CRIME, argues that a fusion of architecture and art is a defining feature of contemporary culture. While architects such as Zaha Hadid and Herzog and de Meuron draw on art to reanimate design, architecture has inspired fundamental transformations in painting, sculpture and film, which are also explored here. The book includes an extensive conversation with Richard Serra.

At the same time Foster points to a ‘global style’ of architecture, as practiced by Norman Foster, Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano, that is analogous to the ‘international style’ of Le Corbusier, Gropius and Miesa’ global style that, more than any art, conveys the look of modernity today,
both its dreams and its delusions. In this illustrated book, Foster demonstrates that ‘the art-architecture complex’ is a key indicator of broader social and economic trajectories and in urgent need of analysis and debate.
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PRAISE FOR HAL FOSTER’S DESIGN AND CRIME

”Foster is spot-on … exactly the kind of book the design world should want” –­ BOOKFORUM

”Elegant and incisive essays” –­ BOSTON REVIEW

”In a polite and even schmoozy art world, Foster stands out for being willing to make barbed comments on design gods” — ­ NATIONAL POST

”Foster makes a lot of sense” — ­ VILLAGE VOICE
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HAL FOSTER is Townsend Martin Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University. A co-editor of OCTOBER magazine and books, he is the editor of THE ANTI-AESTHETIC, and the author of DESIGN AND CRIME, RECORDING, THE RETURN OF THE REAL, COMPULSIVE BEAUTY and THE
ART-ARCHITECTURE COMPLEX.
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ISBN: 978 1 84467 697 2 / $26.95 / £20 / $33.50CAN / Hardback / 320 pages
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Radical Thinkers

RADICAL THINKERS SET 5 & RADICAL THINKERS CLASSIC EDITIONS

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RADICAL THINKERS SET 5

Verso presents Set 5 of the highly popular Radical Thinkers series,
continuing its commitment to bring classic works of philosophy to a new
audience readership through affordable, attractively designed new editions.
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LAUNCH EVENT with TARIQ ALI and PETER OSBORNE

MEDITATIONS ON SPINOZA: THE APOSTLE OF REASON
http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/eventseducation/film/22966.htm

Part of the ‘In Defense of Philosophy’ series at Tate Modern

Friday 25th February 2011, 18.30
Tate Modern, Bankside London SE1 9TG

Christopher Spencer’s SPINOZA: THE APOSTLE OF REASON (1994) is the second film to be shown in the In Defense of Philosophy series. Written by Tariq Ali, the film presents the life and thought of Baruch Spinoza against the turmoil of seventeenth-century Europe. A fascinating modern man, Spinoza challenged orthodoxy in both religion andpolitics, angering his traditional contemporaries. Spinoza’s remarkable intellectual legacy has influenced thinkers as varied as Ludwig Wittgenstein, Gilles Deleuze, Albert Einstein and John Berger.

The film will be followed by a conversation with Tariq Ali and Peter Osborne.

Tate Modern Starr Auditorium
£10 (£8 concessions), booking recommended

For tickets book online here: http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/eventseducation/film/22966.htm or call 020 7887 8888.
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RADICAL THINKERS SET 5

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ALL BOOKS / PAPERBACK / ONLY ?8.99/$15.95
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Louis Althusser – MACHIAVELLI AND US, 978 1 84467 675 0
“Althusser, poised between modernism and postmodernism, meets Machiavelli, poised between the Middle Ages and modernity.”–Antonio Negri.
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Etienne Balibar and Immanuel Wallerstein – RACE, NATION, CLASS: AMBIGUOUS
IDENTITIES, 978 1 84467 671 2
The modernity of racism and its relationship to contemporary capitalism.
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Jean Baudrillard – PASSWORDS, 978 1 84467 676 7
In the spirit of Deleuze’s Abécédaire, PASSWORDS offers twelve entry
points into Baudrillard’s thought.
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Jeremy Bentham – THE PANOPTICON WRITINGS, 978 1 84467 666 8
A definitive collection of Bentham’s work on the model prison, key to Foucault’s theory of power
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Guy Debord – COMMENTS ON THE SOCIETY OF THE SPECTACLE,
978 1 84467 672 9
“Guy Debord is a time bomb, and a difficult one to defuse.” – Michael Löwy
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Hal Foster – DESIGN AND CRIME, 978 1 84467 670 5
“DESIGN AND CRIME is cool, measured, and steady, like a Gunsmoke shootout.”–Greil Marcus
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André Gorz – CRITIQUE OF ECONOMIC REASON, 978 1 84467 667 5
“Gorz’s greatest work, and a crucial book for our time” — LE MONDE

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Fredric Jameson – BRECHT AND METHOD, 978 1 84467 677 4

“Elegant dissection of Brecht’s method, from estrangements to allegory and beyond”– MODERN DRAMA
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Peter Osborne – THE POLITICS OF TIME: MODERNITY AND AVANT-GARDE, 978 1
84467 673 6
Elaborates a dialectics of modernity, eternity and tradition.
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Edward W. Soja – POSTMODERN GEOGRAPHIES: THE REASSERTION OF SPACE IN
CRITICAL SOCIAL THEORY, 978 1 84467 669 9
“One of the most challenging and stimulating books ever written”—David Harvey
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Sebastiano Timpanaro – FREUDIAN SLIP: PSYCHOANALYSIS AND TEXTUAL
CRITICISM, 978 1 84467 674 3
“A firework display of erudition.”–Perry Anderson
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Slavoj Žižek, Ernesto Laclau, and Judith Butler – CONTINGENCY, HEGEMONY,
UNIVERSALITY, 978 1 84467 668 2
The Hegelian legacy, Left strategy, and post-structuralism versus Lacanian psychoanalysis
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RADICAL THINKERS SET 5 (full set) 978 1 84467 678 1
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Praise for RADICAL THINKERS:

“An extremely pleasant surprise: a new imprint from Verso called Radical Thinkers, and a pile of white-covered paperbacks by the likes of Theodor Adorno, Fredric Jameson, Guy Debord and Walter Benjamin. Not only do they have nifty cover designs, they are ridiculously cheap.” Nick Lezard, GUARDIAN:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/aug/15/jean-baudrillard-transparency-of-evil

“A compendium of left-wing philosophical and political thought, inoculating it against the ‘great idea’ of philosophy-as-self-help. As a way of transforming… formless disgust into educated critique, these books are a fine, cheap and decidedly elegant starting point.” —  Owen Hatherley http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/radical-thought/

“A golden treasury of theory” — Eric Banks, BOOKFORUM

“Verso’s beautifully designed Radical Thinkers series, which brings together seminal works by leading left-wing intellectuals, is a sophisticated blend of theory and thought. The 12 authors whose writings are included in the series have worked tirelessly to expose the mechanisms by which culture and knowledge are manufactured, managed and controlled” — Ziauddin Sardar, NEW STATESMAN http://www.newstatesman.com/200604170041
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For more information & to buy the books visit: http://www.versobooks.com/series_collections/5-radical-thinkers
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RADICAL THINKERS CLASSIC EDITIONS
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To celebrate 40 years of radical publishing, Verso is reissuing four of the most popular and seminal titles from previous Radical Thinkers series in beautiful new hardback editions with black and red foil-embossed covers.
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RADICAL THINKERS CLASSIC EDITIONS:

HARDBACKS (EACH) ?14.99/$24.95
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Theodor Adorno – MINIMA MORALIA: REFLECTIONS FROM DAMAGED LIFE, 978 1 84467 661 3

“A classic of twentieth century thought…whose translation is by far the best yet done of any work of Critical Theory.” – TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

“A volume of Adorno is equivalent to a whole shelf of books on literature.” – Susan Sontag
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Louis Althusser – FOR MARX, 978 1 84467 662 0

“Louis Althusser influenced so many discourses, actions and existences by the radiant and provocative voice of his thought” –– Jacques Derrida
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Raymond Williams – CULTURE AND MATERIALISM, 978 1 84467 663 7

“The left’s foremost cultural historian and critic” – COMMENT
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Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Ernst Bloch, Bertold Brecht, Georg Lukács
– AESTHETICS AND POLITICS, 978 1 84467 664 4

“They are key texts in the study of modernism, of expressionist drama and of realism, and of many closely related general questions … It is genuinely an indispensable volume” — Raymond Williams
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Radical Thinkers Classic Editions (full set) 978 1 84467 665 1
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Situationism

THE SITUATIONISTS AND THE CITY

NEW TITLE:  The Situationists and the City

Edited and Translated by TOM MCDONOUGH

Published 15th February 2010

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“An extraordinary banquet for the subversive imagination served by the master chefs of Situationism.” – Mike Davis

“A brilliant array of reports, manifestoes, stories, and scenarios concerning architecture and urbanism, this expertly edited volume might serve as a guide in our contemporary confrontation with an urban environment once again rolled by capital.” – Hal Foster

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The Situationist International were one of the most important radical groups to have emerged in the rush of twentieth century avant-garde projects after the first world war. Led by the Hegelian philosopher, anarcho-Leninist revolutionary, avant-garde film maker, romantic, alcoholic, theorist of the ‘society of the spectacle’ and original psychogeographer Guy Debord they caused havoc in art galleries, cinemas and, most importantly, on the streets of Paris in May 1968.

The work of the Situationist International on the city has reverberated through contemporary culture. The Situationists invented the concept of psychogeography, the idea that we are drawn to or repelled from particular areas by a unique combination of emotional and historical ambiences – they saw the city as alive and the tumult of its history bleeding through its architecture and through the very planning of the streets. They also saw the city as a place of revolution and imagined that society could be changed if the urban framework was transformed.

Most of their pieces were first published in their journal INTERNATIONALE SITUATIONISTE (the style of which is replicated by the book cover). Now, for the first time, the key work of the Situationists on the city, and of key early allies such as theorist Henri Lefebvre and architect Constant, has been collected into one illustrated volume.

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Tom McDonough is Associate Professor of Modern Architecture and Urbanism in the Art History Department at Binghamton University. He is the editor of GUY DEBORD AND THE SITUATIONIST INTERNATIONAL and the author of THE BEAUTIFUL LANGUAGE OF MY CENTURY.

He is also an editor of GREY ROOM, a journal which brings together scholarly and theoretical articles from the fields of architecture, art, media, and politics to forge a cross-disciplinary discourse uniquely relevant to contemporary concerns.

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ISBN: 978 1 84467 364 3  $26.95 / £14.99 / $29.95 / Paperback / 244 pages

ISBN: 978 1 84467 332 2 $110.00 / £65.00 / $121.00 / Hardback / 244 pages

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http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/book/9781844673643/The-Situationists-and-the-City

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http://www.amazon.co.uk/Situationists-City-Reader-Black-White/dp/1844673642/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1265806432&sr=8-1

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UPDATE 19th June 2010:

Tom McDonough and Owen Hatherley discussing Situationists in the City at the ICA on Wednesday 16th June:

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