Hal Foster

Summer Reading


June 2015

HAL FOSTER  Whither photo history and theory? A growth field in universities and museums a generation ago, it seems endangered today. For young people, photography is so last-century; for the rest of us, it is both everywhere and nowhere in… READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2015 [TOC]

Robert Gober

January 2015

FROM THE BEGINNING, the art of Robert Gober was distinctive, as if it had emerged full-blown from his forehead; and, in fact, an early work, Slides of a Changing Painting, 1982–83, a slide show of eighty-nine photographs of a single painting… READ ON

IN PRINT January 2015 [TOC]

Hal Foster

December 2014

AT A MOMENT when almost everything is collage and montage—with cut-and-paste the most basic operation on computers and image appropriation and object juxtaposition the most common procedures in art—it is a pleasure to reencounter the … READ ON

IN PRINT December 2014 [TOC]


September 2014

EAST-WEST/WEST-EAST is a new sculpture by Richard Serra commissioned by Sheikha al-Mayassa al-Thani of Qatar; it is located in the Brouq Nature Reserve in the western portion of this tiny state in the Gulf enriched by its holdings of gas and… READ ON

IN PRINT September 2014 [TOC]

Isa Genzken

February 2014

THE ISA GENZKEN RETROSPECTIVE currently at the Museum of Modern Art in New York reveals both the range and the ambition of this influential artist, and the Modern has given her the large galleries that she deserves; this is all the more … READ ON

IN PRINT February 2014 [TOC]

Hal Foster

Books: Best of 2013

December 2013

“The bourgeois . . . Not so long ago, this notion seemed indispensable to social analysis; these days, one might go years without hearing it mentioned. Capitalism is more powerful than ever, but its human embodiment seems to have vanished.”… READ ON

IN PRINT December 2013 [TOC]

Hal Foster

December 2012

WITH SOME SHOWS, I leave knowing less than I did before entering them. “Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties” was not one of those. Beautifully installed at MUMOK by curator Achim Hochdörfer in close collaboration with the artist, this exhibition… READ ON

IN PRINT December 2012 [TOC]


Thomas Demand, Hal Foster, Steven Holl, Sylvia Lavin, Hilary Lloyd, Dorit Margreiter, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Philippe Rahm, moderated by Julian Rose

October 2012

Trading Spaces a roundtable on art and architecture Art and architecture meet more often and more profoundly today than ever before—from public art to the art-fair tent, from the pavilion to the installation. But if the interchange between… READ ON

IN PRINT October 2012 [TOC]

Hal Foster on criticism then and now

September 2012

HOW CAN WE ACCOUNT for the sheer intensity of the criticism published in Artforum in its first heyday, from the mid-1960s to the early ’70s? That era of the magazine saw Michael Fried prosecuting Minimalism in his brief against “objecthood”… READ ON

IN PRINT September 2012 [TOC]


January 2012

RICHARD HAMILTON, who died on September 13 at the age of eighty-nine, did more than anyone else to announce the idea of Pop art, with his famous collage Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing?, 1956, a tiny … READ ON

IN PRINT January 2012 [TOC]