Hal Foster (b. 1955) has been a force in American art criticism since the late seventies, bringing psychoanalytic and poststructural theory to bear on contemporary art and its historical precedents. In 1983 he edited the anthology The Anti-Aesthetic: Essays on Postmodern Culture, which helped frame postmodernism within the arts. Foster began to write for Artforum in 1978 and was a senior editor at Art in America (1981–1987) before becoming a coeditor of the journal October in 1991, and contributes frequently to Artforum, October, and the London Review of Books. His books include Recodings (1985); Compulsive Beauty (1993); The Return of the Real (1996); Design and Crime (2002); The Art-Architecture Complex (2011); The First Pop Age (2012); and Bad New Days (2015). He is the Townsend Martin, Class of 1917, Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University.
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