RICHARD PRINCE "SUICIDE BED JOKE", 1989

Richard Prince (b. 1949) is one of the most innovative yet 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 playful and provocative series shares a similar approach:  Prince’s works tap into social preoccupations of the national subconscious. At his best, he extracts elements from the American vernacular culture and presents them in a way evocative of 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 enforced by Minimalism or Neo-Expressionist painting.

This early example from 1989 features a joke handwritten by the artist. The simple joke seems to concern his sexual frustrations and is relying on a punch line: "That's been my usual procedure".

The simple, or anti-aesthetic seems to be simultaneously parodying tropes established by Conceptual and Minimalist artists of the previous decade.

Note: the artwork was included in a limited edition book, "Inside World", that coincided with an exhibition of Prince's work at the Kent Gallery. 

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"Suicide Jokes", 1989

Ink on paper (handwritten multiple)

Signed by the artist

12"H 8"W  (work)

Very good condition

Detailed condition report by request

Provenance: Pat Hearn Gallery, NYC

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