Adult Comedy Action Drama by Richard Prince
First Edition, First Printing, 1995
This is a first edition, first printing of the critically acclaimed photobook “Adult Comedy Action Drama” published by Scalo, New York, Berlin, Zurich in 1995. Containing 235 vibrant color images, the book is Prince’s ode to consumerism. Writing in “The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century” David Levi Strauss states, “"An autobiography through words and pictures Adult Comedy Action Drama links together Prince's drawings, aphorisms, original photographs and photographs of other peoples' photographs. Lighthearted and funny, it describes and theatricalizes the visual 'stage set' of an artist's life, enacting all the comedies, actions and dramas with pictures alone. Prince's is a postmodern landscape, where one becomes what one beholds"…."Adult Comedy Action Drama is a kind of self-portrait of the artist as individual consumer. Or one might think of it as landscape photography, where the landscape is consumerism...Richard Prince, always the classicist, revisits a central concern of art from the beginning of easel painting: the display of constitutive possessions.” The New York Times in their review of the book wrote, “Prince updates the old Modernist flirtation between the intellectual and the supposedly primitive borrowing conceptual and aesthetic strategies from Duchamp, Jasper Johns, Minimalism and the photography-as-painting movement".
Measuring approximately 10” x 12”, the book is bound in blue paper boards with a photographically illustrated dust jacket. The book and dust jacket are in FINE condition. Overall, this is an exceptional copy of a critically acclaimed photobook that continues to grow in popularity.
Cited in both “The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century” and “The Open Book” by Andrew Roth.
Photographs of the front cover of the dust jacket as well as stock images contained in the book appear in the photo section of the listing.