The Painted Word

By Tom Wolfe
Read by Harold N. Cropp

2.10 Hours 12/01/1998 unabridged
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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. He addresses the scope of Modern Art, from its founding days as Abstract Expressionism through its transformations to Pop, Op, Minimal, and Conceptual. In the process he debunks the great American myth of Modern Art in an incandescent, hilarious, and devastating blast. Wolfe’s style has never been more dazzling, and his wit never more keen.

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Summary

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. He addresses the scope of Modern Art, from its founding days as Abstract Expressionism through its transformations to Pop, Op, Minimal, and Conceptual. In the process he debunks the great American myth of Modern Art in an incandescent, hilarious, and devastating blast. Wolfe’s style has never been more dazzling, and his wit never more keen.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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 Francisco Chronicle
“If you have ever stared uncomprehendingly at an abstract painting that admired critics have said you ought to dig, take heart. Tom Wolfe, in a scathing new satire, The Painted Word, is on your side.” New York Sunday News
“In this reading Harold N. Cropp shows considerable artistry. He conveys erudition while maintaining a youthful, hip vivacity.” AudioFile
“Wolfe has great fun destroying the straw houses of modern art theory, and reader Harold Cropp provides the perfect condescending tone.”  Library Journal

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Author

Author Bio: Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe, Virginia-born journalist and author of more than a dozen books, has been called “the inventor of the New Journalism—and possessor of the age’s most distinctive prose style.” Among his best-known books are such contemporary classics as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, and The Bonfire of the Vanities. He lives in New York City.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Nonfiction/Drama/Performing Arts
Runtime: 2.10
Audience: Adult
Language: English