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Design and Crime (And Other Diatribes)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  208 ratings  ·  14 reviews
In the first half of this book, Hal Foster surveys our new ‘political economy of design,’ exploring the marketing of culture and the branding of identity, the development of spectacle-architecture and the rise of global cities. In the second half, he examines the historical relations of modern art and the modern museum, the conceptual vicissitudes of art history and visual ...more
Paperback, 194 pages
Published December 27th 2003 by Verso (first published 2002)
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Curtis Newbold
Feb 21, 2013 rated it liked it
This book is hard for me to rate. I read it for a doctoral course on visual rhetoric, which was an interesting book choice for such a class. The book is insightful and certainly well-written. It draws on the experiences of the author, an artist concerned with the commodification of society and devaluation of art. I guess the cover gives it full disclosure by parenthetically stating "and other diatribes." I say this book is hard to rate because while it is enlightening, I don't particularly like ...more
Sencer Turunç
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Günümüz tasarımı, kapitalizmin post-modernizme ödettiği çok büyük bir bedelin parçası: Sanatları, disiplinleri içiçe geçirmesinin bedeli olarak sınır ihlallerinin olağanlaşması...

Tasarım arzuyla ilgili bir şey ve günümüzde arzu, öznesiz... gibi görünmekte en azından... Görüntüden ibaret derunu olmayan bir narsizm: sığ, yüzeysel... öznenin, kendi yokoluşunu hazırlayan bir kendi kendini putlaştırma aşamasından geçiş söz konusu...

Suç, kural tanımazlık, edepsizlik, ahlaksızlık, tasarımı kışkırtan, i
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muy bacán, sobre todo la idea de un neo-Art Nouveau y el texto sobre Frank Gehry.
May 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008
I haven't read enough yet to be able to say whether Foster moves beyond diatribe into vision, but the prospects seem good on that front. A most engaging read, although there's something a bit self-congratulatory in the happiness I feel when reading it, but that might just be the diatribe rubbing off on me.


Okay, so Foster doesn't offer vision so much as he offers clarity on the state of contemporary visual culture. But clarity is something that has become increasingly rarefied, and so his co
Aug 22, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hci_and_design
even though hal foster is sort of a cliche of high-pomo criticism, he's still one of the most sensible and readable critics of the october generation. smart and very historically informed. good stuff.
Mar 19, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
жалкую картину рисуют русский перевод, который едва касается смысла и путается в повествовании, и русское издание - полная мешанина из тире и дефисов разной длинны
Sep 20, 2007 rated it liked it
Lexicon to enjoy this dialectic:
homunculus: a miniature adult that in the theory of preformation is held to inhabit the germ cell and to produce a mature individual merely by an increase in size
hegemony: the social, cultural, ideological, or economic influence exerted by a dominant group
Now, for the humor I wish to share from the first essay/chapter: Brow Beaten.
"What are the bearings that this "hegemonculus" takes (this is his [John Seabrook's] funny-awful hybrid of "hegemony" and "ho
Oct 21, 2008 rated it liked it
It's pretty solid. I have similar and, I suppose, pretty conservative ideas concerning the dangers of attaching anthropomorphic values to knick knacks. The problem here is that Foster falls back on a Marxist, moralistic ultimatum in order to protest. Quite frankly, for me, the problem with fetishistic design is that it compromises the pleasures of a superficially humanist civilization.
In other words, where I like to live.

Melissa T.
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As eloquent as Foster is, the word "diatribe" in the title is fitting because this read like a fairly raw lament over the dual states of the "end of art" and political over-design today. There's a definite pleasure in reading something like an informed rant on the history of art, design and architecture from an academic who is very deep in his field.
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Needlessly verbose and unclear. The book is slightly interesting at times but any interesting points are buried by unengaging writing and excessive name-dropping. It seems written for a certain reader already engaged in an ongoing art-historical conversation that leaves the book rather inaccessible for anyone just picking it up and unfamiliar with the history of that discourse.
Jodie Gatlin
Nov 03, 2007 rated it liked it
I liked it but I didn't understand a lot of it.
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Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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makes me lightheaded. i a good way. mmmh.
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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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