In Conversation with Labyrinth Books and IAS
Brutal Aesthetics – Dubuffet, Bataille, Jorn, Paolozzi, Oldenburg
In Brutal Aesthetics, leading art historian Hal Foster explores how postwar artists and writers searched for a new foundation of culture after the massive devastation of World War II, the Holocaust, and the atomic bomb. Inspired by the notion that modernist art can teach us how to survive a civilization become barbaric, Foster examines the various ways that key figures from the early 1940s to the early 1960s sought to develop a "brutal aesthetics" adequate to the destruction around them. He is joined in conversation by fellow art historian Yve-Alain Bois, who specializes in 20th century European and American art.