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The Painted Word Audiobook

The Painted Word

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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.

©1975 Tom Wolfe (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Mica New York, NY, United States 06-11-15
    Mica New York, NY, United States 06-11-15 Member Since 2008
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    "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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    Hillary 11-27-16
    Hillary 11-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    Id reccomend this book to artists, art students, and anyone who has ever stood in front of a painting and thought "I just dont get it." It's funny, succinct, and I'd honestly listen to Mr. Cropp read a telephone book. Its short so I'd just pay the $10 rather than using a credit if I were you.

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    Lance 07-14-13
    Lance 07-14-13
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    "Modern Art makes More Sense after this Book"
    What did you love best about The Painted Word?

    Modern art is art because of the ideas it represents, rather than aesthetics. In fact, the lack of aesthetics is of primary importance in many forms of modern art. This lack of emphasis on the visual aspect of modern visual art may be the factor that differentiates modern art from its predecessors.


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    Bill NOVA 11-24-12
    Bill NOVA 11-24-12 Member Since 2009

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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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