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Hal Foster and Ben Lerner discuss their hatred of poetry and painting

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Frieze New York 2016 Hal Foster & Ben Lerner

Hal Foster and Ben Lerner

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Art-historian and critic Hal Foster and poet and novelist Ben Lerner discuss the use of artifice versus reality in recent art and fiction, and their hatred of poetry and painting.

  • Hal Foster is an art-historian, critic, and professor at Princeton University. He is the author of several seminal books and essays including Compulsive Beauty (1993), The Return of the Real (1996), and most recently Bad News Days: Art, Criticism and Emergency (2015). He is currently researching the avant-garde in times of political emergency.
  • Ben Lerner is a poet and author of the critically-acclaimed novels Leaving the Atocha Station (2011) and 10:04 (2014). His monograph, The Hatred of Poetry, will be published in June by FSG.

Frieze Talks take place daily at 12pm and 4pm in the on-site auditorium at Frieze New York from Thursday, May 5th through Sunday, May 8th. Access to Frieze Talks is included in all admission tickets. Seats can be reserved at the Auditorium desk from 11am on the day of each talk.

The program is co–curated by Tom Eccles (Executive Director, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York) and Christy Lange (frieze Associate Editor and Curator of Public Programming, Berlin).