Title: ADULT COMEDY ACTION DRAMA - Rare Fine Copy ...
Publisher: Zurich, Switzerland: Scalo Publishers, 1995
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. 240 pages. Published in 1995. Artist Book. Now considered a contemporary art photography classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with the Second Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by Richard Prince and Hans Werner Holzwarth: Oversize-volume format. Blue hard boards with blue titles printed on spine, as issued. Photographs taken and collected by Richard Prince. List of Captions appended at the end. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Zurich, Switzerland to the highest standards. In blue-toned pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Richard Prince's "Adult Comedy Action Drama". Seminal. The ultimate "post-modern" self-portrait of the artist/human being as acquisitive, wide-ranging yet discriminating consumer/buyer: Books, television, pornographic magazines, comics, photobooks, tapes, CD's, "found" images (especially other photographs) as well as family, sex, landscapes, adult, comedy, action, drama. Everything and everybody can be had, turned into an object, a possession, and a purchase in our advanced consumer capitalist culture. Critics who dismiss Richard Prince's book as "shallow" miss his point. This is contemporary life, not just a passing cultural moment, presented as it really is, perversely but also subtly and wittily. Prince's formal use of the color blue is brilliant; his blue-bathed images are a nod to Pablo Picasso's Blue Period, Yves Klein's International Klein Blue (IKB), William Gass' great essay, "On Being Blue", and Kieslowski's great film, "Trois Couleur: Bleu". If Blue were a person, he (or she) would be an artist. If Blue were a thing, it would be the evocative objects that others have created and Prince has collected. There is a correspondence between Prince's acquisitiveness and his acquisitions that the color blue captures in all its melancholy beauty. By dispensing altogether with text, "Richard Prince's contribution to photographic literacy may be the most significant of the past few decades" (Neville Wakefield). Acute, illuminating, and indispensable towards understanding and appreciating the aesthetics of the photographer-as-collector and art-as-appropriation. An absolute "must-have" title for Richard Prince collectors. This title is a contemporary art photography classic. This is one of very few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare copy thus. 235 color plates. Richard Prince's "Adult Comedy Action Drama" was selected as one of the "Seminal Photography Books of the 20th Century" in the "Book of 101 Books". One of the most influential American artists of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER RICHARD PRINCE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1881616363. Bookseller Inventory # 14764
From Library Journal:
Best known for his "joke paintings"?Henny Youngmanesque jokes painted on monochrome canvases?and iconographic images of biker chicks and Marlboro men "rephotographed" from magazine ads, Prince has produced a body of art that works best in accumulation. It would be hard to appreciate one joke painting more than another or to delineate the artist's development through his "girlfriends" series. Yet, taken as a whole, these disparate works form a complex reflection of contemporary society, its media cultures, and the prejudices of the art world itself. Because of the serious questions he raises, the work also lends itself to a tedious reductionist analysis that too often dulls the emotion and ignores the inherent humor of the pieces. This book offers the best of all views into Prince's world: 235 reproductions selected by Prince?both his own pieces and images from magazines?are served up free of any interpretation. Even the dustjacket merely lists titles. While those unfamiliar with Prince may need some encouragement to spend a day contemplating these often apparently conventional images, they will be rewarded. This excellent summary of the artist's work and ideas belongs in all libraries collecting works on contemporary American artists.?Eric Bryant, "Library Journal"
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