Paris: Purple Institute/Janvier, 2005. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's stapled photo-illustrated wraps.
Special issue of Purple Fashion featuring conceptual artist Richard Prince’s revival series of his earliest medium. Known as a master of appropriation, the art world provocateur began his career primarily producing drawings and painterly collages. While later claiming to have abandoned the practice – even implying in a 1988 interview that he had destroyed all of his early work – he gave Purple editor-in-chief Olivier Zahm exclusive rights to reproduce and publish his unexpectedly vulnerable yet still satirical series of drawings and paintings produced between 1997 and 2000. The issue predates the hardcover catalog published in conjunction with an exhibition held at London’s Sadie Coles in the fall of 2005. Illustrated with black-and-white plates and photos; introduction by art critic and writer Jeff Rian. Number 3 in Zahm’s "Purple Book" series. Light rubbing to tail of spine, with a few small creases along spine. Near fine. Item #4019