The Painted Word

  • by Tom Wolfe
  • Narrated by Harold N. Cropp
  • 2 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

No one skewers the popular movements of American culture like Tom Wolfe. In 1975, he turned his satirical pen to the pretensions of the contemporary art world - a world of social climbing, elitist posturing, and ingeniously absurd self-justifying theorizing. From the fuliginous flatness of the 50s to the pop op minimal 60s, right on through the now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t 70s, Tom Wolfe debunks the great American myth of modern art in an incandescent, hilarious, and devastating blast.

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Not at all what I expected

I was expecting a fast paced Wolfe work and got an art lecture. I now know more about something that I really did not neet to have confirmed...modern art is anything but "art."
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- Bill "Bill"

As an art theorist this encapsulates the modernist and post modernist thought to a T

Having read the texts Mr Wolfe references I can say that he hits it spot on. Anyone following art theory writing and its current trend can vouch for it. His comments shine a light on the basic ideas and the writers who cast such a towering shadow over the art world and continue to do so in the universities to this day.
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- Mica

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-07-2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.