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  1. 1. The Painted Word by Tom Wolfe Satire Paints On Top Of Irony In 1975, after having put radical chic and 60s counterculture to the satirical torch, Tom Wolfe turned his attention to the contemporary art world. The patron saint (and resident imp) of New Journalism couldnt have asked for a better subject. Here was a hotbed of pretension, nitwit theorizing, social climbing, and money, money, money--all Wolfe had to do was sharpen his tools and get to work. He did! Much of The Painted Word is a superb burlesque on that modern mating ritual whereby artists get to despise their middle-class audience and accommodate it at the same time. The painter, Wolfe writes, had to dedicate himself to the quirky god Avant-Garde. He had to keep one devout eye peeled for the new edge on the blade of the wedge of the head on the latest pick thrust of the newest exploratory probe of this falls avant-garde Breakthrough of the Century.... At the same time he had to keep his other eye cocked to see if anyone in le monde was watching. The other bone Wolfe has to pick is with the proliferation of art theory, particularly the sort purveyed by postwar colossi like Harold Rosenberg, Clement Greenberg, and Leo Steinberg. Decades
  2. 2. after the heyday of abstract expressionism, these guys make pretty easy targets. What could be more absurd, after all, than endless Jesuitical disputes about the flatness of the picture plane? So most of them get a highly comical spanking from the author. Its worth pointing out, of course, that Wolfe paints with a broad (as it were) brush. If he s skewering the entire army of artistic pretenders in a single go, theres no room to admit that Jasper Johns or Willem DeKooning might actually have some talent. But as he would no doubt admit, The Painted Word isnt about the history of art. Its about the history of taste and middlebrow acquisition--and nobody has chronicled these two topics as hilariously or accurately as Tom Wolfe. --James Marcus Personal Review: The Painted Word by Tom Wolfe This send-up of contemporary art is one sided, unfair, perceptive, and entirely funny. Tom Wolfe exposes the art worlds' tangled intersections of irony and criticism, politics and painting, ego and eccentricity. Specifically, Wolfe's satire covers the dawn of Picasso and Modernism through the rise of Conceptual Art. This is a fascinating little satire, and Tom Wolfe at his best. Art critic Clement Greenberg is identified as the leading critic and theorist; the center of a coloful cast of characters. "The Painted Word" peers into the inscrutiable relationships between artists, critics, patrons, fashionistas and curators. Wolfe sees contemporary art as an outgrowth of this cloistered social system. If you are interested in contemporary art, read Wolfe's bo ok along with "But Is It Art?" by Cynthia Freeland. Consider reading Freeland's book first, for it is a sympathetic history of art theory. Both books are incisive and enjoyable, and they make nice bookends for each other. An explicit theme of " But Is It Art?" and implicit criticism in "The Painted Word" is that the guiding theory for contemporary art is "criticism of life." This conception of art as a form a criticism is a source of Wolfe's satire, and some believe this meme has led art to a dead end. As someone who enjoys, produces and collects conceptual art, I appreciate Wolfe's satire and agknowledge the problems he identifies. "Art for arts' sake," new for the sake of new, art as criticism, academic art, and the root-bound nature of the artworld are creating a chasm between art and viewers. And in a double irony, while contemporary art lampoons the conventions of conservative society, the art world itself is resistant to critical introspection. There are exceptions. The Walker Art Center in my own back yard frequently explores new ground. There are fresh advances in the digital domain. Takashi Murakami is creating popular new aesthetic sensibilities and Matthew Barney is extending conceptual art into surreal mythic narrative. There is also a profusion of excelent new artwork in the world today. In fact, supply of new art far exceeds demand.
  3. 3. An underlying problem Wolfe circles around is that there are few compelling new theories for the role of contemporary art as a cultural force. A key question is: "What purpose and meaning does contemporary art offer?" Professor E.O. Wislon offers some ideas in his book, Concilience. Wislon believes that all knowledge disciplines need more cross-disciplinary collaboration -- that the humanities need to feed science, and science needs to feed the humanities. Of course, this utilitarian viewpoint is open to rebuke as well. Perhaps Wolfe has the last laugh in any event. Once the bonds between art and representation were severed, art became open to interpretation -- and criticism. Now, according to Wolfe, art itself has become a form of criticism, or "The Painted Word." Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge But Is It Art?: An Introduction to Art Theory eBay is the ULTIMATE shoppers paradise. At any given time eBay has millions of auctions from the latest electronics, books and child products to the most obsolete items that can’t be found in stores. eBay just announced the “eBay Buyer Protection” plan that covers your purchases on eBay! Shop with confidence and click the link below to see the BEST eBay Auctions right now: Click To View The BEST eBay Auctions On The Painted Word by Tom Wolfe