1 September, 2010

Book: “The Painted Word”

Posted by Socrates in art, jewed culture, modern art, Socrates at 2:44 am | Permanent Link

About Tom Wolfe’s 1975 book. I own this book and I think everyone should read it, even if Wolfe’s sometimes-“cute” writing style (in this particular book, at least) doesn’t completely suit them. In the book, Wolfe attacks modern art for what it is: over-hyped, cultish baloney:

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  7. 21 Responses to “Book: “The Painted Word””

    1. ernst blofeld Says:

      Almost all of Tom Wolfe’s book portray jews, blacks and White liberals in the most unflattering light, which makes me wonder how he remains published.
      The Painted Word explores the scam that was Abstract Expression, an “art movement” heavily promoted by jew critics like Clement Greenberg and subsidized by jew heiress Peggy Guggenheim.
      In his novels that I highly recommend:
      I Am Charlotte Simmons, The Bonfire of the Vanities, A Man in Full,
      Wolfe sets out to paint after the manner of Balzac a sweeping panorama of a particular time in our history that is filled with acute observation and social commentary.

    2. Blackshirt Says:

      Sounds like an interesting book to read when I have the time. But I don’t need a book to tell me one thing- most modern art is complete SHIT. It seems to be only concerned with “disturbing” you or making you read some profound meaning into it. Very few artists these days are concerned with representing any type of beauty.

      Don’t even get me started on modern Architecture… completely soul-less, depressing and boring.

    3. old dutch Says:

      I own the book. I’ve read the book. Wolfe’s book isn’t so much a criticism of modern art, as it is a criticism of art in general, as made in the United States in the early 1970’s.

      Here’s something for Linder to think about. VNN could be described as “modern art”, in the sense that the contributors & commentators express often extreme rhetorical positions that have little, or no basis in traditional political reality.

    4. Tim McGreen Says:

      Andy Warhol supposedly said that art is whatever you can get away with. Well those “modern artists”, mostly Jews with names like Rothko, Chagall and Freud, have gotten away with quite a bit. Their works can be better described as Anti-Art, or Entartete Kunst. This madness all started with that Paris Impressionist art exhibition of 1874. What was wrong with those French Academic paintings?

      http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f6/1863_Alexandre_Cabanel_-_The_Birth_of_Venus.jpg

      http://us.muttpop.com/var/us/storage/import/473-2-Academic_Painting-original.jpg

      However, I did like the 2000 movie “Pollock” starring Ed Harris. A very well done film that was a work of art in itself.

    5. Blackshirt Says:

      Tim, I’m confused- were you criticizing the paintings you linked to as being Impressionist? I have to admit I do like some of the French Impressionist artists like Monet. I don’t see anything wrong with what they were doing, and I like the late 19th century Symbolist artists, too. I like 1920s and 1930s Art Nouveau as well, and I don’t consider that Jewish. What I associate with Jews is that shit that Pablo Picasso was doing and all the off- the-wall modernist garbage that came after it. Marc Chagall is the worst of all, whenever I see his “work” I want to vomit.

      I actually liked the paintings you linked to, Tim.

    6. Yahoody Doody Says:

      “Andy Warhol supposedly said that art is whatever you can get away with.”

      .

      Well, at least he was honest. Not talented, but honest.

      PS. I like Art Nouveau too, though it was a little bit earlier than that. And Chagall also inspires me to vomit.

    7. Tim McGreen Says:

      “Tim, I’m confused- were you criticizing the paintings you linked to as being Impressionist? I have to admit I do like some of the French Impressionist artists like Monet. I don’t see anything wrong with what they were doing, and I like the late 19th century Symbolist artists, too. I like 1920s and 1930s Art Nouveau as well, and I don’t consider that Jewish. What I associate with Jews is that shit that Pablo Picasso was doing and all the off- the-wall modernist garbage that came after it. Marc Chagall is the worst of all, whenever I see his “work” I want to vomit.

      I actually liked the paintings you linked to, Tim.”

      ***********

      It must be the intense heat interfering with my ability to communicate effectively. OK, it’s a little cooler now. The two paintings I linked to are examples of what I LIKE, ie, 19th century French Academic art. True, such works may be too stiff or conservative for some tastes, but I think such paintings demonstrate the highest excellence of artistic talent that only the White Race is capable of achieving.

      As far as Impressionist paintings go, they are certainly not in and of themselves degenerate or vulgar. I love Renoir’s 1876 “Girl with a Watering Can”, for example. http://www.renoirgallery.com/paintings/large/renoir-a-girl-with-a-watering-can.jpg But Impressionism represented the first major break with the Academy tradition and in my opinion, that set in motion what would soon be the beginning of the end for Western Art. And remember, (at the risk of seeming to be pendantic) Van Gogh’s paintings were considered the works of a lunatic when he was alive. No respectable Bourgeois would want anything to do with his art. Now you see Van Gogh place-mats, posters, coffee mugs, etc. What respectable Bourgeois household would be complete without them?

      And yes, I think the Art Noveau style, along with the Pre-Raphaelites, is very beautiful and elegant as well. http://www.preraphaelitesisterhood.com/cowper.jpg
      And I also love the art of John Singer Sargent, one of America’s finset painters. http://emptyeasel.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/05/ladyagnewoflochnawbyjohnsingersargent1.jpg I guess Western Art didn’t start taking a serious nose-dive until WWI. Music and art became very decadent after that.

      And then there was that all-too-brief period of 1933-1945 when Western Art enjoyed one last great revival:

      http://schikelgruber.net/images/artsculp6.JPG

      http://schikelgruber.net/tmp/art/147.jpg

      http://schikelgruber.net/images/portraitAH5.jpg

    8. Tim McGreen Says:

      “Tim, I’m confused- were you criticizing the paintings you linked to as being Impressionist? I have to admit I do like some of the French Impressionist artists like Monet. I don’t see anything wrong with what they were doing, and I like the late 19th century Symbolist artists, too. I like 1920s and 1930s Art Nouveau as well, and I don’t consider that Jewish. What I associate with Jews is that shit that Pablo Picasso was doing and all the off- the-wall modernist garbage that came after it. Marc Chagall is the worst of all, whenever I see his “work” I want to vomit.

      I actually liked the paintings you linked to, Tim.”

      ***********

      It must be the intense heat interfering with my ability to communicate effectively. OK, it’s a little cooler now. The two paintings I linked to are examples of what I LIKE, ie, 19th century French Academic art. True, such works may be too stiff or conservative for some tastes, but I think such paintings demonstrate the highest excellence of artistic talent that only the White Race is capable of achieving.

      As far as Impressionist paintings go, they are certainly not in and of themselves degenerate or vulgar. I love Renoir’s 1876 “Girl with a Watering Can”, for example. http://www.renoirgallery.com/paintings/large/renoir-a-girl-with-a-watering-can.jpg But Impressionism represented the first major break with the Academy tradition and in my opinion, that set in motion what would soon be the beginning of the end for Western Art. And remember, (at the risk of seeming to be pendantic) Van Gogh’s paintings were considered the works of a lunatic when he was alive. No respectable Bourgeois would want anything to do with his art. Now you see Van Gogh place-mats, posters, coffee mugs, etc. What respectable Bourgeois household would be complete without them?

      And yes, I think the Art Noveau style, along with the Pre-Raphaelites, is very beautiful and elegant as well. http://www.preraphaelitesisterhood.com/cowper.jpg
      And I also love the art of John Singer Sargent, one of America’s finset painters. http://emptyeasel.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/05/ladyagnewoflochnawbyjohnsingersargent1.jpg I guess Western Art didn’t start taking a serious nose-dive until WWI. Music and art became very decadent after that.

      And then there was that all-too-brief period of 1933-1945 when Western Art enjoyed one last great revival:

      http://schikelgruber.net/images/artsculp6.JPG

      http://schikelgruber.net/tmp/art/147.jpg

      http://schikelgruber.net/images/portraitAH5.jpg

    9. Stronza Says:

      Tom Wolfe is working on a book (Back to Blood) about, among other things, racial tensions in Miami. Includes the Russian mob. I wonder.

    10. Tim McGreen Says:

      I don’t know if my last post went through, so I appologize if I appear to be repeating myself. Those two paintings I linked to, Blackshirt, are the kinds of art that I LIKE, viz., 19th century French Academic paintings. The Academic style represented the highest and most beautiful kind of art the White Race was capable of achieving, although it may be too conservative for some.

      Impressionism is fine, although it was very controversial when it first appeared. But the Impressionist movement was the first major break with the Academy and so it unintentionally spelled the beginning of the end for Western Art, IMO. Yes, I too love the Art Noveau style, as well as the Pre-Raphaelites and the works of John Singer Sargent.

      You know who else was good? The Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte. His paintings make you percieve the world in new ways. http://www.raisin-toast.com/.a/6a00e55355c0d188330120a9423d6a970b-500wi

      http://4umi.com/image/art/Ren%C3%A9_Magritte_-_The_Human_Condition_(1935).jpg

    11. Blackshirt Says:

      You are right, Yahoody. I got Art Deco confused with Art Nouveau. I like Art Deco too. I have to admit I’m not an expert on Art history, though.

      Tim, I like the Pre-Raphaelites too, and just about all the late 19th century art that glorified ancient, mythological, and medieval themes.

    12. Mel Brooks Says:

      OD makes a good point. The book is more about the personalities of the modern art movement, rather than the “art” itself. Wolfe skewers the entire scene and it’s hangups and affectations so thoroughly, so deftly, that you’ll laugh out loud. It is far too brief a read-I was left wanting more.

      You could read it in half an evening, BlackShirt. Wolfe takes on modern architecture in his “Bauhaus to Our House”. Modern art and modern architecture are both important parts of the anti-Western movement, and the usual suspects are responsible for both. You can for the most part ignore modern art, but how can you ignore modern architecture? And when these charlatans attempt something different a la Gehry, or the Alcoa Building in San Francisco-the result is far worse than the typical glass box eyesore. One thing is for certain, there are far more talented engineers than there are talented architects.

      If there’s any justice in the Universe, cattle will one day graze on the land that these insults to my sensibilities now stand upon.

    13. -jc Says:

      Judy “Chicago” (Cohen) Corrupting California girls for years at Fresno State

      The “Artist” http://judychicagoandthecaliforniagirls.com/index.html

      The Cock-Cunt play http://judychicagoandthecaliforniagirls.com/history.html

      “Birth of the woman’s art movement” http://judychicagoandthecaliforniagirls.com/filmmaker.html

    14. Henry Says:

      Forgive my ignorance, but I thought Tom Wolfe committed suicide a couple of years ago. I’m glad to know he’s still living, and writing. Obviously, it was someone else. But who? I’m confused. It was someone very much like him.

    15. Tim McGreen Says:

      “Forgive my ignorance, but I thought Tom Wolfe committed suicide a couple of years ago. I’m glad to know he’s still living, and writing. Obviously, it was someone else. But who? I’m confused. It was someone very much like him.”

      Were you thinking of Ernest Hemmingway? But he killed himself in 1961. Sylvia Plath? She killed herself in 1963. Jerzy Kosinski killed himself in 1991. Margot Hemmingway killed herself in 1996. Tom Wolfe and Whoopi Goldberg appeared together at an arts award ceremony last month not far from where I live. Mr. Wolfe is doing fine and yes, he is still wearing his trademark white double-breasted suits.

    16. Tim McGreen Says:

      Oh, I know who you meant, Henry…Hunter S. Thompson. Yes, he killed himself a few years ago at the age of 67 because he was in pain and in poor health. I admire him for doing that. Most people hang around much longer than they ought to and become a burden to themselves and their families. But he knew his time was up and he left on his own terms. Good man. Good writer too.

    17. Henry Says:

      Ah, yes. It was Hunter Thompson. Thanks. I had confused the two.
      Yes, it’s important to know when the party’s over. Good man.

    18. Tim McGreen Says:

      “About Tom Wolfe’s 1975 book. I own this book and I think everyone should read it, even if Wolfe’s sometimes-”cute” writing style (in this particular book, at least) doesn’t completely suit them. ”

      If anyone is guilty of having a “cute” ie, annoying, writing style it’s that old broad Barbara Ehrenreich. (a suspected Jewess) I think she makes a lot of important observations in her books, speeches and articles about the injustices and inequalities of the American socio-economic system, but she relies oo heavily on similies and observational humor to make her points, god dammit. Someone should talk to her about that.

    19. Joe Says:

      I don’t think that’s why Hunter Thompson killed himself.

      http://www.tomflocco.com/fs/PhotographerTied.htm

    20. Sean Gruber Says:

      Old queer Gore Vidal once cracked that the “artiste” Andy Warhol was “the only genius I ever knew who had an IQ of 60.”

    21. Tim McGreen Says:

      I once saw an interviewer ask Andy Warhol if he wanted to defend himself against critics who said he was a no-talent fraud. “Oh, I can’t. They’re absolutely right!” he said, cheerfully. Well if nothing else he had a good attitude.