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Wow, I think I now want to read this existential book! Love and am frightened by the idea that "the artist" and the naming of such a creature such as "the receiver" may or may not exist. Thank you for introducing us to this analysis! Post a Comment. The Connoisseur, Norman Rockwell, "If you have ever stared uncomprehendingly at an abstract painting that admired critics have said you ought to dig, take heart.

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He addresses the scope of Modern Art, from its founding days as Abstract Expressionism through its transformations to Pop, Op, Minimal, and Conceptual. This is Tom Wolfe "at. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Return to Book Page. The Painted Word by Tom Wolfe. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published October 5th by Bantam first published More Details Original Title. Clement Greenberg , Andy Warhol.

Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Painted Word , please sign up. What are some recent opinions if this book See 1 question about The Painted Word…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Painted Word. Aug 30, Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing. Oh, rats, Tom fumed, all my hours squinting and starring at unintelligible paintings and I never comprehended those massive cutting-edge, avant-garde canvases were based on ideas and philosophies outlined by hyper-perceptive, authoritative art theorists.

For the Abstract Expressionists, Clement Greenberg was the first to expound the theory. It was time to clear the tracks at last of all the remaining rubble of the pre-Modern way of painting. And just what was this destination? Then as Tom Wolfe points out, a second major theorist, Harold Rosenberg, added another dimension. What was to go on the canvas was not a picture but an event. And what do I myself think of Tom Wolfe on the subject of modern art?

Permit me to answer by way of an experience: When I was years old I accompanied my mother when she took a summer workshop at a local college for Sunday school teachers. She took me to the college bookstore and told me I could pick out any book I wanted. Ah, my very first book, ever!

I scanned the bookshelves; there was a series of small books on various types of art and I chose a book with a cover that fascinated me on two counts: first, the picture — a combination of colors and shapes arranged geometrically - orange circles, black half circles, purple and cream rectangles, large dark green squares and a black square in the middle; second, two words on the cover: Abstract Art.

Back at the dormitory where I was staying, I turned the pages, both fascinated and mesmerized by all the paintings. I remained in my room with paper and crayons doing my best copying the art in the book. By the end of the day, when one of the Sunday school teachers returned to the dormitory, I proudly showed her my drawing and my book. She promptly belittled my efforts: "You don't have this black spot in the right place.

My response to her fury was not to be upset, but to be pleased. I enjoyed being transported to this special, new world of art and how this art could trigger such a violent emotional reaction in an adult. In retrospect, I can only smile at the encounter - a boy's entering into the world of abstract art and communicating his love to a Sunday school teacher. Now wonder she was so mad! And, predictably, she countered with all the judgment and outrage she could muster as spokeswoman for the conventional, average, bland, mundane world.

View all 31 comments. Jeff to the Modern Museum of Art. I would bone up on modern art with this book, so I could dazzle my dates with shallow insight, and forced humor; not unlike my reviews, except the reader has the option of clicking elsewhere, my dates unless they called security were a captive audience. Wolfe helped git me a woman. If you said the average pre-schooler could equal Jackson Pollock, I'd have to say you would be right. View all 9 comments. Feb 16, Herb rated it did not like it Shelves: non-fiction , male , visual-art , crit.

Wolfe's argument in this short, entertaining, and completely wrong-headed polemic is based on the idea that the non-representational art of the last or so years is a hoax because it can only be appreciated by those who have learned and agree with various abstract theories.

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 basic fallacy of this Wolfe's argument in this short, entertaining, and completely wrong-headed polemic is based on the idea that the non-representational art of the last or so years is a hoax because it can only be appreciated by those who have learned and agree with various abstract theories.

The book is, as I mentioned earlier, entertaining. Wolfe is almost always fun to read. But that doesn't mean that he knows a lot about his subject here. View all 4 comments. Jan 15, John Orman rated it really liked it. I am writing a much longer and more detailed review than usual because I plan to attend a local book club's upcoming meeting to discuss this nonfiction book. Tom Wolfe's small but potent book charts the course of Modern Art. The stylistic writing is as witty and provocative as Wolfe's earlier book "Radical Chic.

The critic had basically stated that to view art witho I am writing a much longer and more detailed review than usual because I plan to attend a local book club's upcoming meeting to discuss this nonfiction book.

The critic had basically stated that to view art without a persuasive theory is to lack something crucial for art appreciation. Wolfe restated the argument as "now it is not 'seeing is believing', but 'believing is seeing,' for Modern Art has become completely literary: the paintings and other works exist only to illustrate the text.

Again and again, Wolfe refers to the differences between the elitist Modernists with their hip followers, and the common folk perceived as the bourgeoisie: "Today there is a particularly modern reward that the avant-garde artist can bring his benefactors Rockefeller's living room. On into Pop Art, "a new order, but the same Mother Church. Even a skewering of Op Art, in which "real art is nothing but what happens in your brain.

Finally, toward the end of the twentieth century, Wolfe believes that "Modern art was about to fulfill its destiny: to become nothing less than Literature pure and simple. I ran across this recent segment in an interview of Wolfe: "Chester Gould drawer of Dick Tracy comics had more skill than Roy Lichtenstein. He equips one for intellectual name-dropping, the very discourse of the upwardly mobile cocktail-party society of arrivistes for whom Wolfe reserves the greatest measure of his contempt.

Quite a tour de force! View 1 comment. Tom Wolfe rips the pish out of art critics using their own chosen weapon - the word. This was probably about round 6 of a 12 rounder between painting and theory. 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. Wolfe stepped into Painting's corner and this round was a decisive winner.

Nobody seems to know what the final outcome of the Championship bout was And as for Theory and Critics? Well, they are still there underpinned and supported by the whole government-supported Art establishment and Art School hegemony attempting still to usurp the work of art for the description of the work of art - that is to hijack the artist by intellectualising something that is not - fundamentally - an intellectual process.

View all 3 comments. Feb 15, Jenna rated it liked it. I'll need to hear other perspectives before I can decide whether I'm wholly convinced by Wolfe's argument. His main argument is that Modern Art sucks because it is fueled more by Art Theory than by the spirit of Art itself.

He directs most of his satirical ammunition at the time period from Abstract Expressionism onward, arguing that during this epoch the Artists unwittingly became adjuncts of the Art Theorists, rather than the other way around the way it should be. 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 also tries to better delineate the shifting relationship between Art and Literature.

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From the Archives: Tom Wolfe’s ‘The Painted Word’ Gets Panned, in 1975

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 Art World will no doubt assiduously ignore Wolfe's Bronx cheers, a lot of ordinary philistines will say "Right on! But the theories, I insist were beautiful. But Greenberg most of all, since it was he who supplied The Word without which Abstract Expressionism the dominant postwar style is incomprehensible. The essential principal which has informed contemporary art, says Wolfe, is flatness. Three-dimensional effects are pre-modern; in fact they've been around since the Renaissance.

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He addresses the scope of Modern Art, from its founding days as Abstract Expressionism through its transformations to Pop, Op, Minimal, and Conceptual. This is Tom Wolfe "at. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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The Painted Word

The Painted Word is a book of art criticism by Tom Wolfe. By the s Wolfe was, according to Douglas Davis of Newsweek magazine "more of a celebrity than the celebrities he describes. In the midst of working on stories about the space program for Rolling Stone —stories that would eventually grow into the book The Right Stuff —Wolfe became interested in writing a book about modern art. As a journalist, Wolfe had devoted much of his writing career to pursuing realism ; Wolfe read in Hilton Kramer 's Times review of Seven Realists, that "to lack a persuasive theory is to lack something crucial". Wolfe summarized the review saying that it meant "without a theory to go with it, I can't see a painting". Wolfe's thesis in The Painted Word was that by the s, modern art had moved away from being a visual experience, and more often was an illustration of art critics' theories. The main target of Wolfe's book, however, was not so much the artists, as the critics.

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