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Prince, Richard. ADULT COMEDY ACTION DRAMA. Zurich, Switzerland: Scalo Publishers, 1995. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 240 pages. Fine/Fine.

Artist Book. Now considered a contemporary art photography classic. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with the Second Edition. 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 thick coated stock paper in Zurich, Switzerland to the very highest standards. In blue-toned pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents 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, this is a "must-have" title for Richard Prince collectors. This title has been out-of-print for more than ten years and is now highly collectible. This is one of very few copies still available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a 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 living American artists. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER RICHARD PRINCE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1881616363. $500.00

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