The Art-architecture Complex

The Art-architecture Complex

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Random House, Inc.
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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Baker & Taylor
Arguing that a fusion of architecture and art has become a defining feature of contemporary culture, an examination of the relationship between art and architecture draws on an extensive conversation with Richard Serra and analyzes the styles of such designers as Norman Foster and Le Corbusier.

Norton Pub
A leading art theorist analyzes 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. 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 Mies—a global style that, more than any art, conveys the look of modernity today, both its dreams and its delusions. In these ways 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.

Book News
Foster (art and archaeology, Princeton U.) examines modern day convergences between art (painting, sculpture, and film) and architecture. He begins by discussing the role of image and surface in architecture from the pop art era to present, and considers the "global" styles of Richard Rogers, Norman Foster, and Renzo Piano. He then examines architects for whom art is a key point of departure, including Zaha Hadid, Diller Scofidio + Renfrom, Jacques Herzog, and Pierre de Meuron. Finally, he surveys the sculptures of Richard Serra, the films of Anthony McCall, and the installations of Dan Flavin and others. The text is interspersed with many images, some in color. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Arguing that a fusion of architecture and art has become a defining feature of contemporary culture, an examination of the relationship between art and architecture draws on an extensive conversation with Richard Serra and analyzes the styles of such designers as Norman Foster and Le Corbusier. By the author of Design and Crime.

Publisher: London ; New York : Verso, 2011
ISBN: 9781844676897
1844676897
Branch Call Number: 701.05 FOSTE
Characteristics: xiii, 302 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm

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