Oedipus Schmedipus, 1994

Mixed Media

Screenprint on white T-shirt stretched over canvas in white lacquer frame.

25.25 x 19.50 in

64.1 x 49.5 cm

Edition of 26

Signed and numbered by the artist.


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About The Work

Known for his "appropriation art" critiquing American culture, artist and collector Richard Prince began examining mainstream humor with his Moral Essays Portfolio in 1986 and continued to develop his Joke paintings, often paired with disparate images. His first joke, written in pencil on paper, said, "I went to see a psychiatrist. He said 'tell me everything,' I did, and now he's doing my act."

"Oedipus Schmedipus," printed on a T-shirt, is also about a psychiatrist. Prince has no qualms about appropriating others' jokes in his art, understanding that it is in the nature of a joke to be shared.

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