The Painted Word

The Painted Word

Book - 2008
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"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. He addresses the scope of Modern Art, from its founding days as Abstract Expressionism through its transformations to Pop, Op, Minimal, and Conceptual. The Painted Word is Tom Wolfe "at his most clever, amusing, and irreverent" ( San Francisco Chronicle ).

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008, c1975
ISBN: 9780312427580
Branch Call Number: 759.06 WOL
Characteristics: 106 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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Nov 05, 2013

If you have ever looked at a Pollock, Rauschenberg, Warhol, etc. and wondered what the fuss was all about, this book is a must-read. This is no low-brow, philistine, know-nothing critique of "modern art." On the contrary, it is a critique by a decidedly high-brow intellectual who "gets" the theory behind modern art, and, as a gifted writer, is able to explain it to the masses (God forbid!). Art snobs will object vehemently, but will be hard pressed to respond to Tom Wolfe's exposé of the irrational rationalizations at the core of the elite art scene.

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