RICHARD PRINCE "STUPID HUSBAND" 2011
Richard Prince (b. 1949) is one of the most innovative, influential and polemic American artists. Whether you associate him with The Pictures Generation, post-modernism or Appropriation Art, his contribution (and subversive humor) is undeniable.
Prince has worked in a variety of formats over the course of his career, yet each of his iconic and provocative series shares a similar approach. At his best he extracts elements from the American vernacular culture and positions it in a way similar to Duchamp's urinal.
Prince started to work with jokes in 1986. These works were a bold contradiction to the reigning hierarchies in the art world perpetuated by Minimalism or Neo-Expressionist painting.This example from this "Greeting Cards" series is a fine example of one of Prince's jokes. Resembling a classic Hallmark card, this work features a joke handwritten by the artist.
The earliest of Prince's jokes were similar to this print - they appeared to be simple handwritten notes. Their simple, or anti-aesthetic seemed to be simultaneously parodying tropes established by Conceptual and Minimalist artists of the previous decade (Yoko Ono comes to mind)
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Foil-stamped print, on heavy wove paper
Signed and numbered by the artist
From an edition of 100
6.25"H 8.5"W (work)
Literature: Jonathan Lethem, Richard Prince: Collected Writings, 2011.
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