The Painted Word has ratings and reviews. Glenn said: Jack the Dripper, the king of Abstract Expressionism, an art movement author Tom Wolfe d . 25 Mar Paperback cover of The Painted Word, by Tom Wolfe, Yes, this is my Tom Wolfe bookshelf. (Photo by Mark C. Taylor.). The Painted Word by Tom Wolfe Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Reissued by Picador, ISBN $» Read an.

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Society le beau mondeCultureburg and art critics attached themselves to it like pilot fish; but then they grew, and grew, and grew, until-as Abstract Expressionism gave way to Pop, as Pop spawned Op, as Op fell before Minimal opposition, tkm what was Minimal became no more than Conceptual-Art began to serve fashion and theory.

The Painted Word will make your next visit to an art museum more discerning and a heck of a wolef more fun. And then he learns about flatness! Jeff to the Modern Museum of Art.

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He hates everything, but he’s funny about it. At least they knew he was not writing about art. And I think in a way this is what has gotten under the skin of more critics and art historians than anything else. Feb 16, Herb rated it did not like it Shelves: How abstract can you get?

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. One of the most compelling—and oft repeated—argum The Painted Word is primarily a book about the rise of modern art—and art theory.


Serious art came from deep inside your soul! It’s kind of preposterous, since photography superseded painting in terms of realistic documentation or portraiture. We entered those living rooms through Wolfe, and his knowing commentary seemed convincing.

I think Wolfe makes some valid points about art critics of that time being too influential. No one in the art world. It is considered a set-up.

And yeah, who can honestly look at a Jackson Pollack drip work and say, “I understand this perfectly. The Painted Word follows American art through the dominant movements from until I’ll need to hear other perspectives before I can decide whether I’m wholly convinced by Wolfe’s argument. Tom Wolfe tells you all about the different stages of being an artist, from the Boho Dance to the Consummation which paintde critical success!

According to Wolfe, the public, with their dollars determines the most popular books, music and concerts. A clear and concise easy to read book about why much contemporary dord has become the vast wasteland that it is.

The Painted Word

Farrar, Straus and Giroux. No one in the art world. Wolfe focuses most on the theories of the three leading art critics of that era: Aug 28, Dfordoom rated it it was amazing Shelves: Photo by Mark C. Tom Wolfe tells you all about the different stages of being an artist, from the Boho Dance to the Consummation which ensures critical wokfe It’s a small, easily readable book of around a hundred pages, some of which are almost empty or filled with illustrations and photos.

Wolfe’s other non-fiction, Davis wrote, was deeply reported, but here “Wolfe did not get away from the typewriter and out into the thick of his subject.


Even a skewering of Op Art, in which “real art is nothing but what happens in your brain. No wonder Jeff loves Wolfe so much.

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The battleground again is the social arena. Earlier, misunderstanding Greenberg, Wolfe ridiculed his owlfe way of saying that original art is different and necessitates a new way of seeing. This book has the character of a child that has discovered some new situation and, misconstruing it, lets forth a torrent of outrage without insight. Wolfe makes his case with wit and detail which I found enlightening.

Tom Wolfe takes on eolfe mysteries of abstract art! His journalistic role is as the outsider. Playing to the Gallery Perry Grayson. No trivia or quizzes yet. There was enough noise to drown out the moral tone that sped, like a posse, through his words and plots.

The quote marks intentionally mislead, because Steinberg never wrote or spoke those words.

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Was that just the way their work was naturally headed, or did ideas from critics like Clement Greenberg influence the direction of their work? The things that I was called in print were remarkable. Aug 30, Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing. That is, the shame of the Western secular elite over their own economic success and comfort in a world broken by two World Wars. He summarized that history: