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Tom Wolfe is one of the founders of the new journalism movement and author of such contemporary classics as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities, A Man in Full and I Am Charlotte Simmons. A native of Richmond, Virginia, he earned his B.A. at Washington and Lee University and a Ph.D. in American studies at Yale. He lives in New York City.
"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).
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
; October 2008
128 pages; ISBN 9781429961202
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Title: The Painted Word
Author: Tom Wolfe
Sun Sep 04 16:22:29 +0000 2016
Rosalind Krauss said Tom #Wolfe ’s book THE PAINTED WORD hit the “the art world like a really bad, MSG-headache-producing, Chinese lunch.”
Fri Sep 02 15:08:54 +0000 2016
Tom Wolfe's 'The Kingdom of Speech' is his best book since 'The Painted Word.' A fun, deflating of Darwin, Chomsky, & purposeless evolution.
In the press
“If you have ever stared uncomprehendingly at an abstract painting that admired critics have said you ought to dig, take heart. Tom Wolfe . . . is on your side. The Painted Word may enrage you. It may confirm your darkest suspicions about Modern Art. In any case, it will amuse you.” —New York Sunday News
“Tom Wolfe is a journalist who always manages to combine an encyclopedic store of inside knowledge with the obstinate detachment of a visitor from Mars, not to mention a brilliant style and incisive wit.” —San Francsico Chronicle
“The Painted Word may well be Tom Wolfe's most successful piece of social criticism to date.” —The New York Times
“The Painted Word is a masterpiece. No one in the art world . . . could fail to recognize its essential truth. I read it four times, each of them with mounting envy for Wolfe's eye, ear, and surgical skill.” —The Washington Post
“His eye and ear for detailed observations are incomparable; and observation is to the satirist what bullets are to a gun.” —The Boston Sunday Globe