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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It’s done for them, presented as a press release, and they get to observe it, but not buy it. He starts reading criticism. More on this book at www. Paonted, March 25, Book Review: His assault on ‘theory’ only demonstrates the necessity of substance to fill out style. View all 31 comments. The subject of The Painted Word came up and Motherwell supposedly said, You know, this man Wolfe reminds me worv a six-year-old at a pornographic movie.

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

Wolfe probably should have worc some of the criticism he received, since he was essentially an outsider to the fields of art history and art criticism. Wolfe has not misunderstood recent art theory since he never intended to get it right.

Wolfe refers to the well-educated people who appreciate the arts, saying this smug elite eolfe have made the decision as to what art is for everyone. Tom Wolfe takes on the art world! Unfortunately, Wolfe the social critic is as didactic and fearful as Wolfe the art critic.


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

When I was years old I accompanied my mother when she took a summer workshop at a local college for Sunday school teachers. How is it that folks with mastery of their media never attain the absurd success of Jackson Pollock or Henry Moore?

We entered those living rooms through Wolfe, and his knowing commentary seemed convincing. He reads Clement Greenberg, the patron saint of Abstract Expressionism.

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

His wait for enlightenment is interminable. Lists with This Book. In The Painted Wordthe same hunt persists for a crack in the facade that will expose the suspected hypocrisy. How many traditional pictorial elements can you completely eliminate from your work and still have a painting? He had an ear for the noise in New York parlors.

Wolfe stepped into Painting’s corner and this round was a decisive winner. All original art searches its limits. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. No paintec of art owlfe is required. Yes, this is my Tom Wolfe bookshelf. He is neither an alien nor an unsophisticated man, but a reactionary who is for the status quo, deeply suspicious of radicals, black or white; intellectuals; art; and high culture.

Not to be modern is to write yourself wolfs of the scene. Works by Tom Wolfe. Still the prose is sharp and lively and the vignettes featuring Pollock, Warhol, and Picasso and their benefactors are priceless.

I ran across this recent segment in an interview of Wolfe: After providing examples of other techniques and the schools that abandoned them, Wolfe concluded with Conceptual Art: By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Then we got rid of airiness, brushstrokes, most of the paint, and the last viruses of drawing and complicated designs”.


And Wolfe does so in his own lightning prose style. Wopfe 05, Cheri rated it really liked it Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

He wonders to himself, why is it so damn flat? Jan 23, Mary rated it really liked panted. 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.

There was a problem adding your email address. And this from someone who studied Art History, loves Jackson Pollack and a great deal of “Manifesto” art. And yet, his Populist blast against the reductivism of contemporary art from Abstract Expressionism to Minimalism to Conceptual Art-a process of eliminating more and more elements from the painting–is a shaft well-aimed–especially if you think that what’s lacking is visual reward and emotional impact.

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.