The Painted Word

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Oct 14, 2008 - Art - 128 pages

"America's nerviest journalist" (Newsweek) trains his satirical eye on Modern Art in this "masterpiece" (The Washington Post)

Wolfe's style has never been more dazzling, his wit never more keen. He addresses the scope of Modern Art, from its founding days as Abstract Expressionism through its transformations to Pop, Op, Minimal, and Conceptual. The Painted Word is Tom Wolfe "at his most clever, amusing, and irreverent" (San Francisco Chronicle).

 

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User Review  - datrappert - LibraryThing

I listened to the audiobook and found the narrator's tone of voice and frequent pauses a bit annoying. Wolfe is basically saying that Modern Art is much ado about nothing, and he backs up his opinion ... Read full review

THE PAINTED WORD

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No question about it, Tom Wolfe is speaking for the yahoos in this little essay—it appeared in its entirety in Harper's Magazine, and though the Art World will no doubt assiduously ignore Wolfe's ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
3
Section 3
6
Section 4
8
Section 5
11
Section 6
23
Section 7
31
Section 8
39
Section 9
49
Section 10
58
Section 11
65
Section 12
83
Section 13
86
Section 14
101
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Tom Wolfe (1930-2018) was one of the founders of the New Journalism movement and the author of such contemporary classics as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, and Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers, as well as the novels The Bonfire of the Vanities, A Man in Full, and I Am Charlotte Simmons. As a reporter, he wrote articles for The Washington Post, the New York Herald Tribune, Esquire, and New York magazine, and is credited with coining the term, “The Me Decade.”

Among his many honors, Tom was awarded the National Book Award, the John Dos Passos Award, the Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence, the National Humanities Medal, and the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

A native of Richmond, Virginia, he earned his B.A. at Washington and Lee University, graduating cum laude, and a Ph.D. in American studies at Yale. He lived in New York City.

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