Bomb Joke, 1989

Work on Paper

Ink on paper (handwritten multiple)

12.00 x 8.00 in

30.5 x 20.3 cm

Edition of 250

This work is signed by the artist.

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12.00 x 8.00 in

30.5 x 20.3 cm

Edition of 250


    About The Work

    Richard Prince 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. He lives and works in upstate New York.

    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:  Prince’s jokes tap into social preoccupations of the national subconscious. 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 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: "You know I just don't have the incentive to buy a two pants suit".

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

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