The Painted Word has ratings and reviews. Glenn said: Jack the Dripper, the king of Abstract Expressionism, an art movement author Tom Wolfe d . The Painted Word by Tom Wolfe Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Reissued by Picador, ISBN $ยป Read an. than mine. It only took me about 20 years to figure it out, but I think I have finally penetrated what Tom Wolfe was up to in writing The Painted Word in

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After providing examples of other techniques and the schools that abandoned them, Wolfe concluded with Conceptual Art: This is a cynical and insightful description of some of the forces behind ‘success’ in art, mostly centered in mid-last-century. Tom Wolfe rips the pish out of art critics using their own chosen weapon – the word. Feb 15, Jenna rated it liked it.

Whatever else it may be about, all art is about art. No, in an age of avant-gardism the only possible strategy to counter a new style which you detest is to leapfrog it. In paknted criticisms they would appear to score on one point. The Painted Word 3.

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Whether he is describing the Art Mating Ritual in two parts, the Boho Dance and the Consummation or taking the census of Cultureburg, he writes with an energy and irony all his own. Tom Wolfe takes on the mysteries of abstract art! He reads Clement Greenberg, the patron saint of Abstract Expressionism. Only, the search is for the flaw in the word. The Painted Word caused a great critical furor when it was released, and critics of all stripes attacked Wolfe.


Jul 16, Elizabeth Kadetsky rated it liked it. Wonderful little witty book about a specific moment in art history. Reviews “He satirizes with such devastating accuracy the process by which the modern-art world affirmed its theoreticians.

Wolfe’s funny, easily read book touches on some real and vital issues in the art world. Newer Post Older Post Home. Wolfe claims his righteous indignation was the result of what was his reading in the Sunday New York Times in April when he was surprised to find this paragraph: Serious art came from deep inside your soul!

The Painted Word follows American art through the dominant movements from until The subject of The Painted Word came up and Motherwell supposedly said, You know, this man Wolfe reminds me of a six-year-old at a pornographic movie. Up to this pont Theory had been winning every round and it looked like painting was going to have to throw in the towel and abandon the title.

Tpm about the art world made me think of the academic world of music. The critic had basically stated that to view art wors a persuasive theory is to lack something crucial for art appreciation.


Then we got rid of representational objects. There is a war of values and wills taking place in a culture that has lost it’s philosophical moorings.


It is interesting and relevant the point that the painting world does not have a popular following, like music, film, etc. The stylistic writing is as witty and provocative as Wolfe’s earlier book “Radical Chic.

His frenzied prose is effective. Other critics responded with such similar vitriol and hostility that Wolfe said their response demonstrated that the art community only talked to each other.

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It’s more than just the raw materials, and apparently more than the time wolff per unit of art. To call Wolfe a philistine is to miss the point.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Wolfe focuses most on the theories of the three leading art critics of that era: Try and do that now.

Meh, it was too figurative, too literal. His wait for enlightenment is interminable. She took me to the college bookstore and told me I could pick out any book I wanted.

Aug 30, Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing. Earlier, misunderstanding Greenberg, Wolfe ridiculed his blunt way of saying that original art is different and necessitates a new way of seeing.