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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