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. 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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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. As a reader and reporter of art theory, Wolfe adopts the role of the innocent who can see simple truth. Wolfe is delightfully vicious and highly entertaining. Jeff to the Modern Museum of Art. And then he learns about flatness!

In particular, Wolfe criticized three prominent art critics whom he dubbed the kings of “Cultureburg”: Wolfe focuses most on the theories of the three leading art critics of that era: Tom Wolfe paintsd you all about the different stages of being an artist, from the Boho Dance to the Consummation which ensures critical success! Much of 20th century music is as unlistenable as 20th century art is unpleasant to look at.

The Painted Word caused a great critical furor when it was released, and critics of all stripes attacked Wolfe. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Jul 05, Cheri rated it really liked it Eord All original art searches its limits.

Open Preview See a Problem? His journalistic role is as the outsider. He basically said that it was all okay because Johns had picked objects to paint like flags and targets that were already flat to begin with! Robert Hughes used it.

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After providing examples of other techniques and the schools that abandoned them, Wolfe concluded with Conceptual Art: For everyone but his targets, the publication of The Painted Word is cause for celebration. The painting and sculpture in the background are both by Roy Lichtenstein. Ghe first exclamation point comes at the end of the second sentence rhe the book. The shark vanished and left the pond to le beau monde and to the critics, custodians of the painted Word.

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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. I say they would appear to score because it is true that there is no internal evidence in The Painted Word that Tom Wolfe is himself a connoisseur of art or that he has read deeply into art history, though he may have done so and decided for editorial reasons not to encumber his thesis with that knowledge.

The Painted Word follows American art through the dominant movements from until I think he was afraid that too many of his readers would wprd overstimulated by the thought of a six-year-old at a pornographic movie. It is interesting and relevant the point that the painting world does not have a popular following, like music, film, etc. 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.

Three-dimensional effects are pre-modern; in fact they’ve been around since the Renaissance. Wofd essays are among my guilty pleasures as a reader. Ah, my very first book, ever! She promptly belittled tmo efforts: Aug 14, Brent M. My response to her fury was not to be upset, but to be pleased.

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. In this ths, Wolfe says, the game has come full circle: That is why it produces anxiety.


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The receptionist is one of those girls you see at practically every gallery, the fine-boned, sleek, mini-skirt wearing type, just out of college with a B. His real message may be just an approach to satire the social life and radical politics of the art world, and of course to tell us how smart he is.

Wolfe appeared on William F. It was recommended to me by two friends who are both professional artists. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

Finally, toward the end of the twentieth century, Wolfe believes that “Modern art was about to fulfill its destiny: Both camps are orchestrated by the insiders and very little money is spent by the public to look at or hear. Not to be modern is to write yourself out of the scene. Wolfe is much more supportive of various flavors of representational art of the same period and the preceding centuries because he thinks this art can be appreciated without depending on theories.

The Painted Word will make your next visit to an art museum more discerning and a heck of a lot more fun.

Mark My Words: Book Review: The Painted Word, by Tom Wolfe ()

And I think in a way this is what has gotten under the skin of more critics and art historians than anything else. Updike might say this more elegantly. Art is chosen by a small cadre of insiders and wolge media parrots what they say.

I kept hoping for that to be addressed, and was disappointed when it was not. To be against what is new is not to be modern.

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