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 $» Read an. 13 Oct No question about it, Tom Wolfe is speaking for the yahoos in this little essay—it appeared in its entirety in Harper’s Magazine, and though the.

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Godward Vern G. Not to be modern is to write yourself out of the woofe. Not to be in the scene is to be nowhere. He sets a phrase down on the page, then tries to one-up himself with the next phrase, and then the painetd, until his sentence is a looong ascending staircase composed of increasingly outrageous phrases Tom Wolfe waxes snarky about Modern Art.

Even a skewering of Op Art, in which “real art is nothing but what happens in your brain.

The Painted Word by Tom Wolfe

How flat can you get? May 14, Kate rated it did paintwd like it. What was to go on the canvas was not a picture but an event. Ironically, it is what Wolfe does with language that belies his humor and gives him away. Lists with This Book.

In their criticisms they would appear to score on one point.

It is a small, insular place in which bohemia the artists and le monde collectors eord trustees share a mutual goal—to be different, to separate themselves from the bourgeoisie. When he leaves, the world that he visits are in tatters.

For the Abstract Expressionists, Clement Greenberg was the first to expound the theory. The craft of the language might earn a certain respect if Wolfe had succeeded in being either satiric or enlightening.

An Epilogue, particularly if the edition is a new release and paintwd writer is still alive, should not itself be 34 years out of date. Tom Wolfe tells you all about the different stages of being an artist, from the Boho Dance to the Consummation which ensures critical success!


Reviews “He satirizes with such devastating accuracy the process by which the modern-art world affirmed its theoreticians. Artists invent a new order.

Oct 30, Sara rated it liked it Shelves: Picasso, he argues, became Picasso, largely because he navigated the transition from one artistic stage to the other with ease. There is humor throughout the book, such as this quote from an art critic of the time: He says the essential principal of this art is flatness and that three-dimensional effects are pre-modern having been around since the Renaissance.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. And Wolfe, as the protector of Middle American values, writes for those folks back home.

Visit our homepage and find this week’s Massive Discounts on worldwide bestsellers until Friday. Tom Wolfe’s small but potent book charts the course of Modern Art. How to preserve “the integrity of the picture plane” and the disputes it engendered among the culturati were worthy of the how-many-angels-can-dance-on-the-head-of-a-pin debates of medieval scholasticism. Description “America’s nerviest journalist” Newsweek trains his satirical eye on Modern Art in this “masterpiece” The Washington Post Wolfe’s style has never been more dazzling, his wit never more keen.

Also, it is interesting but I can not form an opinion on the accentuating of inherent “flatness” in the post-cubists art moveme This was a quick, easy listen-read on Wolfe spectating the burgeoning modern art movement. There is nothing on that blank canvas but blankness.

Wolfe also tries to better d I’ll need to hear other perspectives before I can decide whether I’m wholly convinced by Wolfe’s argument. Wolfe cannot understand modern art or the men who write about it. Please provide an email address.

Pages to import images to Wikidata. Wolfe also tries to better delineate the shifting relationship between Art and Literature. Do you work in the book industry? Actually that was one of the points I was trying to make in The Painted Word—that three thousand people, no more than that certainly, with roughly three hundred who live outside of the New York metropolitan area, determine all fashion in art. There was a problem adding your email address.

Pop Art Flavia Frigeri. The answer is no one likes it. Goodreads ate my review And as for Theory and Critics?

The Painted Word

The critic had basically stated that to view art witho I am writing a much longer and more detailed review than worc because I plan to attend a local book club’s upcoming meeting to discuss this nonfiction book. Tkm the very least, Picador should grant its readers this concession: Serious art came from deep inside your soul! Jul 16, Kathe Umlauf rated it it was amazing. 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 pajnted way to Pop, as Pop spawned Op, as Op fell before Minimal opposition, as what was Minimal became no more than Conceptual-Art began to serve fashion and theory.

Warhol and Lichtenstein married high and low culture in their Pop Art paintings and silk screens in a way that was abhorrent to most of the Abstract Expressionists.