This is a first edition, first printing of the critically acclaimed photobook “Adult Comedy Action Drama” published by Scalo, New York, Berlin, Zürich in 1995. Containing 235 vibrant colour 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 theatricalises 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”.
New York, Berlin & Zürich: Scalo Publishers, 1995.
First edition 4to (29.5 × 20 cm) Hardcover 240 pp Texts in English Photographic illustrated dust wrappers. Blue paper glued to boards. Sewn bound. Illustrated in colour throughout.
Fine. Light crease on dust wrappers otherwise in excellent condition. Item ID: 1379.