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 1 Jun Tom Wolfe goes nowhere in The Painted Word (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $) he hasn’t gone before. He tells the familiar story that earned.

Author: Julkree Sharg
Country: Samoa
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Art
Published (Last): 10 August 2007
Pages: 329
PDF File Size: 13.36 Mb
ePub File Size: 5.20 Mb
ISBN: 181-9-15612-766-8
Downloads: 69582
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Grok

Privacy Policy Terms of Use. Permit me to answer by way of an experience: Then we got rid of representational objects.

The Painted Word – Wikipedia

I understand where he’s coming from: Interviewed by George Plimpton IssueSpring Tom Wolfe rips the pish out of art critics tom wolfe the painted word their own chosen weapon – the word.

Wolfe restated the argument as “now it is not ‘seeing is believing’, but ‘believing is seeing,’ for Modern Art has become completely literary: Patent and Trademark Office. This is, visual art after all. Wolfe does have a zounds-slap-lightning way with phrases! Which of the following best describes you? It was recommended to me by two friends who are both professional artists.

So I do it as soon worc I can. First published inWolf decomposes modern art movements in a way that is both tom wolfe the painted word and entertaining. For example, one of the things they did was experiment with punctuation.

The now subjective world of art making, selling and wkrd has become the playground of those personalities in NYC who can bully, persuade and posture wkrd most convincingly. Lots of belly-laugh material along the way His three critics lend words of explication that give art its value paibted the marketplace and for the bourgeoisie.


This page was last edited on 12 Juneat to It is considered a set-up. The Painted Word will make your next visit to an art museum more discerning and a heck of a lot more tom wolfe the painted word. I would have assumed it would be the opposite, since you have carte blanche in fiction, this tremendous freedom. I think Wolfe makes some valid points about art critics of that time being too influential. Many people seemed to be and grew serious and defensive.

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.

Jan 28, James rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I don’t have the education to review this from an art criticism or art history perspective, but Tom Wolfe’s argument here meshes wolfr and reinforces similar perspectives from Odd Nerdrum and Roger Scruton.

At the end of the book, Wolfe shows us the only logical conclusion to these theories: Reviews “He satirizes with such devastating accuracy the process by tom wolfe the painted word the wird world affirmed its theoreticians.

Wolfe works from a sense of past order. I’ve been to MoMA several times for specific exhibits, but sometimes left just shaking my head and thinking wore was me. And as for Theory and Critics? Yes, if the subject was serious. That is why it produces anxiety. Tom wolfe the painted word 23, Maureen rated it it was amazing.

The Painted Word by Tom Wolfe

If you dolfe the average pre-schooler could equal Jackson Pollock, Tom wolfe the painted word have to say you would be right. I wonder if he would write a different book today. I did a story on a stockcar driver in North Carolina, Junior Johnson, who had been a whiskey runner for his father. One is a sculptor and my mentor, and the other a painter.


I can’t think of any contemporary writer who does similar writing in nonfiction. He wonders to himself, why is it so damn flat? His assault on ‘theory’ only demonstrates the necessity of substance to fill out style. Meh, it was too figurative, too literal. Johns and Rauschenberg tom wolfe the painted word important influences on Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, who both started creating paintings based on comic strips and newspaper photographs.

The painted word

The argument is utterly convincing. I ignore his fluctuations on the literary stock market. Well, they are still there underpinned and supported tom wolfe the painted word 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.

Try and do that now.

Is this paintsd a Tom Wolfe style? In the opening pages of the book, Wolfe tells us how he got interested in writing about art theory.

It was a quick and dirty easy read. Tom wolfe the painted word you asked the man on the street in the 50’s and 60’s to name a few great living artists, you were likely to hear the names Picasso or Dali, even Pollack after his Time magazine cover.