“The Painted Word” is written by Tom Wolfe. I read this because it was suggested by many people for knowing a contemporary art. Its a very compact book, around little more than hundred pages. It throws light upon the contemporary art scene between 1945-75. Its been presented well. It mainly describes the period art w.r.t. the artist and critics. It describes how the critics helped to establish the artists and their new styles through their writings. I think Tom Wolfe tries to establish the thinking process which made the artist to produce their work at that time.
Rating 3.5/5. Its an engaging book. It helps to gain insight into the specific period between 1945-1975 in detail. There has been many “isms” from that point on until now which is not covered in the book.