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Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Selected Works

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RICHARD PRINCE My Name, 1987

RICHARD PRINCE
My Name, 1987
Acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas
Diptych
Overall; 55 7/8 x 96 inches  / 141.9 x 243.8 cm 

RICHARD PRINCE The Wrong Joke, 1987

RICHARD PRINCE
The Wrong Joke, 1987
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
66 x 54 inches
 / 167.6 x 137.2 cm

RICHARD PRINCE The Wrong Joke, 1987

RICHARD PRINCE
The Wrong Joke, 1987
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
56 x 48 inches / 142.2 x 121.9  cm

RICHARD PRINCE Fireman and the Drunk, 1988

RICHARD PRINCE
Fireman and the Drunk, 1988
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
56 x 48 inches
 / 142.2 x 121.9 cm

RICHARD PRINCE The Way She Looks in the Morning, 1988

RICHARD PRINCE
The Way She Looks in the Morning, 1988
Acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas
86 x 47 inches / 218.4 x 119.3 cm

RICHARD PRINCE Untitled (Good news, Bad news), 1988

RICHARD PRINCE
Untitled (Good news, Bad news), 1988
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
56 x 48 inches
 / 142.2 x 121.9 cm

RICHARD PRINCE Politics (I eat Politics, I sleep Politics, but I never drink Politics), 1988/89

RICHARD PRINCE
Politics (I eat Politics, I sleep Politics, but I never drink Politics), 1988/89
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
74.8 x 116.14 inches / 189.9 x 294.6 cm

RICHARD PRINCE Couldn't Read, Couldn't Write, Couldn't Swim, 1989

RICHARD PRINCE
Couldn't Read, Couldn't Write, Couldn't Swim, 1989
Acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas
96 x 75 inches  / 243.8 x 190.5 cm

RICHARD PRINCE Fireman and Drunk, 1989

RICHARD PRINCE
Fireman and Drunk, 1989
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
96 x 75 inches
 / 243.8 x 190.5 cm


RICHARD PRINCE So What Else is New?, 1989

RICHARD PRINCE
So What Else is New?, 1989
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
Each panel; 96 x 58 inches / 243.8 x 147.32 cm

RICHARD PRINCE Telling it Over, 1989

RICHARD PRINCE
Telling it Over, 1989
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
74 x 115 inches / 187.9 x 292.1 cm

RICHARD PRINCE If I Die, 1990

RICHARD PRINCE
If I Die, 1990
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
96 x 75 inches / 243.8 x 190.5 cm

RICHARD PRINCE The Other Guy, 1990

RICHARD PRINCE
The Other Guy, 1990
Acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas
96 x 75 inches / 243.8 x 190.5 cm

RICHARD PRINCE White Woman, 1990

RICHARD PRINCE
White Woman, 1990
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
95 x 75 inches
 / 241.3 x 190.5 cm

RICHARD PRINCE Joke painting (Long Haired Hippie), 1992

RICHARD PRINCE
Joke painting (Long Haired Hippie), 1992
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
56 x 48 inches
 / 142.2 x 121.9 cm

RICHARD PRINCE Five Years Ago, 1994

RICHARD PRINCE
Five Years Ago, 1994
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
56 x 48 inches / 142.2 x 121.9 cm

RICHARD PRINCE My Name, 1987

RICHARD PRINCE
My Name, 1987
Acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas
Diptych
Overall; 55 7/8 x 96 inches  / 141.9 x 243.8 cm 

RICHARD PRINCE The Wrong Joke, 1987

RICHARD PRINCE
The Wrong Joke, 1987
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
66 x 54 inches
 / 167.6 x 137.2 cm

RICHARD PRINCE The Wrong Joke, 1987

RICHARD PRINCE
The Wrong Joke, 1987
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
56 x 48 inches / 142.2 x 121.9  cm

RICHARD PRINCE Fireman and the Drunk, 1988

RICHARD PRINCE
Fireman and the Drunk, 1988
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
56 x 48 inches
 / 142.2 x 121.9 cm

RICHARD PRINCE The Way She Looks in the Morning, 1988

RICHARD PRINCE
The Way She Looks in the Morning, 1988
Acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas
86 x 47 inches / 218.4 x 119.3 cm

RICHARD PRINCE Untitled (Good news, Bad news), 1988

RICHARD PRINCE
Untitled (Good news, Bad news), 1988
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
56 x 48 inches
 / 142.2 x 121.9 cm

RICHARD PRINCE Politics (I eat Politics, I sleep Politics, but I never drink Politics), 1988/89

RICHARD PRINCE
Politics (I eat Politics, I sleep Politics, but I never drink Politics), 1988/89
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
74.8 x 116.14 inches / 189.9 x 294.6 cm

RICHARD PRINCE Couldn't Read, Couldn't Write, Couldn't Swim, 1989

RICHARD PRINCE
Couldn't Read, Couldn't Write, Couldn't Swim, 1989
Acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas
96 x 75 inches  / 243.8 x 190.5 cm

RICHARD PRINCE Fireman and Drunk, 1989

RICHARD PRINCE
Fireman and Drunk, 1989
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
96 x 75 inches
 / 243.8 x 190.5 cm


RICHARD PRINCE So What Else is New?, 1989

RICHARD PRINCE
So What Else is New?, 1989
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
Each panel; 96 x 58 inches / 243.8 x 147.32 cm

RICHARD PRINCE Telling it Over, 1989

RICHARD PRINCE
Telling it Over, 1989
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
74 x 115 inches / 187.9 x 292.1 cm

RICHARD PRINCE If I Die, 1990

RICHARD PRINCE
If I Die, 1990
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
96 x 75 inches / 243.8 x 190.5 cm

RICHARD PRINCE The Other Guy, 1990

RICHARD PRINCE
The Other Guy, 1990
Acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas
96 x 75 inches / 243.8 x 190.5 cm

RICHARD PRINCE White Woman, 1990

RICHARD PRINCE
White Woman, 1990
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
95 x 75 inches
 / 241.3 x 190.5 cm

RICHARD PRINCE Joke painting (Long Haired Hippie), 1992

RICHARD PRINCE
Joke painting (Long Haired Hippie), 1992
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
56 x 48 inches
 / 142.2 x 121.9 cm

RICHARD PRINCE Five Years Ago, 1994

RICHARD PRINCE
Five Years Ago, 1994
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
56 x 48 inches / 142.2 x 121.9 cm

Press Release

Nahmad Contemporary is pleased to present Richard Prince: Monochromatic Jokes, opening at 980 Madison Avenue, New York City, running November 11th, 2013 through January 25, 2014.

The exhibition features a selection of paintings from the artist’s iconic series, spanning a period of 1987 to 1994. Incorporating jokes reflective of the “borscht belt” humor prevalent in the 1950s, Prince’s paintings tap into social preoccupations of the national subconscious. Prior to Prince’s use of the jokes, many had infiltrated popular culture, gradually losing their original authors to become adopted by a largely oral tradition.

In his canonical text, The Death of the Author, Roland Barthes states: “The text is a tissue of citations, resulting from the thousand sources of culture [...] The writer can only imitate a gesture forever anterior, never original [...] If he wants to express himself, at least he should know that the internal ‘thing’ he claims to ‘translate’ is itself only a readymade dictionary.” Understood in this context, by transcribing jokes onto canvases Prince sheds light on the dynamics of language, appropriation, authorship and the enigmatic presence of a distinctive voice.

Prince’s work of the late 1980s-early 1990s shifted the pop art paradigm of the baby boom era, to alternate subcultures and a new American dream. These themes can now be seen as poignant examples of the central preoccupations of Prince’s artistic output.

For the first time in over fifteen years, the most outstanding examples from Prince’s Jokes series will be put on display – many of which will not have been previously shown in the United States.