|Amazon Price||New from||Used from|
Audio, Cassette, Unabridged
The other bone Wolfe has to pick is with the proliferation of art theory, particularly the sort purveyed by postwar colossi like Harold Rosenberg, Clement Greenberg, and Leo Steinberg. Decades after the heyday of abstract expressionism, these guys make pretty easy targets. What could be more absurd, after all, than endless Jesuitical disputes about the flatness of the picture plane? So most of them get a highly comical spanking from the author. It's worth pointing out, of course, that Wolfe paints with a broad (as it were) brush. If he's skewering the entire army of artistic pretenders in a single go, there's no room to admit that Jasper Johns or Willem DeKooning might actually have some talent. But as he would no doubt admit, The Painted Word isn't about the history of art. It's about the history of taste and middlebrow acquisition--and nobody has chronicled these two topics as hilariously or accurately as Tom Wolfe. --James Marcus --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
If you enjoyed Calvin and Hobbes' sendups of modern art, you need to meet the master, Tom Wolfe.
Wolfe uses style and clever word play to deconstruct the modern art world and expose the incestuous relationships between artist, art critic and gallery owner.
If you are interested in contemporary art, read Wolfe's book along with "But Is It Art?" by Cynthia Freeland.
I greatly admire Mr. Wolfe's intellect and extreme knowledge in many areas. This was somewhat above my head at times and I don't like to have to learn two or three languages and be... Read morePublished 3 days ago by JIM NELSON
Quick breezy read ....really just the best expose on modern art....however, you may need to read by the computer so you can look up some of the art he is talking about.... Read morePublished 18 days ago by OAKLUND
Wolfe is such a cool commentator of the phony dimension to commercial art work. .Published 1 month ago by george brennan
A perfect counterpoint to the stuffy, self-absorbed world of Art and art criticism as only Tom Wolfe could doPublished 1 month ago by Charles Patterson
Excellent opinion and first hand experience of an actual witness of the art world. Brutally honest and quite accurate. Not to be missed.Published 1 month ago by Plungerman
Tom Wolf writes that the major art movements in the 20th century started in the 1920's. Artists began gathering in major art centers to express their philosophies, and as the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Suzanne
Both the book and audio versions are a pleasure. It's a nice dose of real talk about art theory. Would recommend it to anyone.Published 3 months ago by Kelsey Livingston