What Comes After Farce: Art and Criticism at a Time of Debacle
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About the Author
Hal Foster is the author of numerous books, including The Art-Architecture Complex; The First Pop Age: Painting and Subjectivity in the Art of Hamilton, Lichtenstein, Warhol, Richter, and Ruscha; Bad New Days: Art, Criticism, Emergency; and, with Richard Serra, Conversations about Sculpture. He teaches at Princeton University, co-edits the journal October, and contributes regularly to the London Review of Books.
--Rachel Kushner "Every word cuts to the quick in this extraordinary book. Foster shows that true criticism must be swift and surgical, but it must also hurt. He casts his relentless and unflinching gaze on the crises of our time, from new fundamentalisms to alternative facts, from cultural imperialism to perpetual war. And yet these essays do not pose the twenty-first century as a cycle of tragedy and farce, doomed to repeat itself, but as a threshold--through which art can, and perhaps must, take us."
--Michelle Kuo "What Comes After Farce confirms what many have known for a long time: Hal Foster is indisputably the most important cultural critic writing in English today. No one else consistently offers such nuanced and cogent analyses of the tangled trajectories of the arts and media in this era of globalized financial capitalism. At the same time, few come close to Foster's discerning familiarity with the work of the most venturesome artists, novelists, filmmakers, and architects or to his critical understanding of the difficulties and challenges now facing them in our current state of emergency."
--Jonathan Crary, author of 24/7