“LIGHTHEARTED AND FUNNY… ONE BECOMES WHAT ONE BEHOLDS”
PRINCE, Richard. Adult Comedy Action Drama. (New York-Berlin-Zurich: Scalo, 1995). Tall quarto, original blue paper boards, original photographic dust jacket. $1800.
First edition, signed by Prince beneath the photographic plate preceding the title page, with 235 vibrant color images of his whimsical “postmodern landscape” (Roth).
"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" (Roth, 30). "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" (New York Times). Open Book, 366. Roth, 274.
A fine copy, scarce signed.