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More on this book at www. Wolfe focuses most wolce the theories of the three leading art critics of that era: If you like both, then this irreverent, little book will make you laugh, nod in agreement, or cry out in protest. Wonderful little witty book about a specific moment in art history. Tom Wolfe’s small but potent book charts the course of Modern Art. No one in the art world. Aug 06, Jenny Lancaster rated it it was amazing.

Jan 23, Mary rated it really liked it. Very good read and very quick.

Paintwd first exclamation point comes at the end of the second sentence in the book. Jul 05, James rated it it was amazing Shelves: One of the most compelling—and oft repeated—argum The Painted Word is primarily a book about the rise of modern art—and art theory. Wolfe cannot understand modern art or the men who write about it. Tom Wolfe tells you all about the different stages of being an artist, from the Boho Dance to the Consummation which ensures critical success!


In other words, Wolfe thinks modern artists, in their self-loathing, began to worshipand to try to imitateliterature of a sort: Tom Wolfe is our premier social historian, and he is writing at aord top of his form.

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In this way, Wolfe says, the game has come full circle: Tom Wolfe is also famous for coining and defining the term fiction-absolute. The Kingdom of Speech Tom Wolfe. He discussed the reaction to the book at length in his interview in The Paris Review: But then, I’m not a professional, just a perpetual amateur with growing sensibilities and increasing skills and vision.

In my subjective view, they should both be rich and famous, or at least a lot richer and a lot more famous. The Painted Word is a slim little volume, just pages in my Bantam reprint paperback, but the book packs quite a punch. Return to Book Page. By the end of the day, when one of the Sunday school teachers returned to the dormitory, I proudly showed her my drawing and qord book.

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One only has to look at the decline of the importance of the visual artist in society to see some of the effects of that rift. Playing to the Gallery Perry Grayson. Which of the following best describes you?

The Critical Response to Tom Wolfe. However, I do think Wolfe makes a point in his constant needling of the upper-middle class types who think themselves “different” from their bourgeois neighbors because they own a de Kooning and are “part” of the boho modern art crowd. I’ll need to hear other perspectives before I can decide whether I’m wholly convinced by Wolfe’s argument. I say they would appear to score because it is true that there is no internal evidence in The Painted Word that Tom Wolfe is himself a connoisseur of art or that he has read deeply into art history, though he may have done so and decided for editorial reasons not to encumber his thesis with that knowledge.