The Painted Word. Tom Wolfe.
The Painted Word
The Painted Word
The Painted Word

The Painted Word

ISBN: 0374228787
New York, NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1975. First Edition. Hardcover. "The Painted Word charts the erratic course of the social history of Modern Art from its beginnings in revolution- a revolution against literary content in art- to its present state, in which it has become, quite unconsciously, a parody of itself, obsessedly devoted to the pronouncements of certain guru-critics, to the point of reductio ad absurdum, to the point where- turnabout being fair play- it has become as literary, as academic, as mannered, as clubby, as the salon painting against which it first rebelled." (from front flap) The scathing, book-length essay by Tom Wolfe (1930-2018), the dazzling American author who primarily invented the genre of New Journalism, in parallel with the Gonzo Journalism of Hunter S. Thompson. Here, Wolfe excoriates & satirizes the twentieth-century Modern Art Establishment under the then-all-powerful regimes of such critics as Clement Greenberg; revealing it to be more absurdly dogmatic & rigid as the traditional art & criticism it rebelled against. With many black-&-white reproductions of exemplary artworks, artists & their milieus, including illustrations by the author himself that are as exuberant, hilarious & sarcastic as his writing. Offered here is the first edition, hardcover in original unclipped dust jacket, first printing as stated on copyright page. A concise classic that continues to impact American art & culture; a most essential collectible in the stellar Wolfe canon. Book in very fine condition with only very light rubbing to front, back covers & spine; mild sunning esp. at edges & corners of front & back blue paper boards; very slight rubbing to edges of text block with slightest fading & a bit of spot-staining to yellow-brown dyed upper edge of same. Interior very fine with only a touch of browning mostly at blank margins of page leaves; otherwise substantially mint. Dust jacket in very fine condition with only lightest rubbing & a few short, faint creases to front, back covers & spine; tiny bit of wear & a few miniscule bumps at edges & corners of same; mild browning mostly to margins/ edges of same & flaps. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #3480]

Price: $80.00