London, WC1A 2JL United Kingdom
Hal Foster is Townsend Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton, a co-editor of October magazine and one of the world's leading theorists of the visual arts, having written widely on the 20th-century avant garde, post-modernism, psychoanalysis and the interconnectedness of the cultural, political and social spheres.
In his latest book he offers a scathing critique of our postindustrial cultural economy, in which disused factories are reborn as art galleries, and former working-class areas become stylish destinations for the new art-tourism. Art and architecture act, he argues, as if in tandem, to reinforce the culture of display and the social estrangement of the spectacle.
In what promises to be a thought-provoking evening, Hal Foster will be at the London Review bookshop with Christopher Turner, editor of Icon, at Cabinet, and LRB contributor to discuss his theories and to present the argument of The Art-Architecture Complex.
Book tickets here.