Polemics, postmodernism, immersion, militarized space

Hal Foster, Marquard Smith

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Hal Foster is Townsend Martin, Class of 1917, Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University. Internationally regarded for his provocative writings on 20th-century art practice, and as an Editor of the journal October, Professor Foster is the author of Design and Crime (and Other Diatribes) (2002), The Return of the Real (1996), Compulsive Beauty (1993), Recodings: Art, Spectacle, Cultural Politics(1985) and Prosthetic Gods (on the relation between modernism and psychoanalysis, 2004), and editor of the defining The Anti-Aesthetic: Essays on Postmodern Culture (1983), among other books. Forthcoming books include Art Since 1900, a co-authored textbook on 20th-century art, as well as a survey of Pop Art. Here he speaks with Marquard Smith, Editor-in-Chief of journal of visual culture, about these and other things, including polemical thought, cultural criticism, immersion, Visual Culture Studies, and design, architecture and urbanism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)320-335
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Visual Culture
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


  • Art History
  • Art writing
  • Critical theory
  • Distraction
  • Immersion
  • October
  • Visual Culture


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