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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Verso (October 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844676897
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844676897
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #815,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


 “A worldview expansive enough to see dominant tendencies in contemporary architecture and (fairly) recent art as flipsides of the same coin … criticism with vaulting ambitions.” Art Review
“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

“Brimming with ideas and analysis.” Library Journal

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

“A timely tome with an urgent message.” Time Out
“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.”
JM Cava, Arcade

The Art-Architecture Complex is a persistently insightful, elliptical account of an ambiguous symbiosis.” Owen Hatherley, Building Design

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About the Author

Hal Foster is Townsend Martin Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University. A coeditor of October magazine and a number of books, he is the editor of The Anti-Aesthetic as well as the author of Design and Crime, Recording, The Return of the Real, and Compulsive Beauty.

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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joong Won Lee on December 2, 2012
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I bought this book to understand some of contemporary architects
(Rogers/Foster/Piano & Hadid/D+S+R/Herzog dM/Nouvel)in relation to
key minimalist artists (Serra/Judd/Flavin/Turrell). I guess I wanted to
learn the similarities and differences of them.

This book is more serious and informative than what I had imagined.
The author, who has a full grip of Modernism and Minimalism, begins with
the Global Architects (Rogers/Foster/Piano) and moves through
Art-Oriented Architects (Hadid/D+S+R/Herzog dM/Nouvel).
He points out both positive and negative sides. But ultimately, his
position is socio-critical, critiquing that the current "Global"
and "Minimal" are both somewhat iconic and imagistic architecture
that inflects the original mission of Modernism and Minimalism.

The author also introduces Dia Beacon and MOMA, as places for
minimal art (Dia) and neo-minimal (this term is my reading of the book) art (MOMA).
In Dia, he talks about how the art of minimalism has changed various conditions of the
art, the viewer, and the art institution. This positive position somewhat bends
as he talks about MOMA's recent expansion. Architectural minimalism here,
though executed with high-level of technlogy and design commitment, to the
critic, it is a super-financing of the look of the minimalism; that is socio-politically
mission absent.

In the third section, the author introduces many artists in
sculpture, film, and painting. (Personally, this part is awesome..)
Writings on the experiments of Richard Serra, Donald Judd, Anthony Mccall, and James Turrell etc
is extremely informative. Particularly, most energy is paid to Serra.
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