Born: Panama Canal Zone, Panama 1949
acrylic and oil on canvas 89 x 75 in. (226.1 x 190.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the James F. Dicke Family
© 2002, Richard Prince
Smithsonian American Art Museum
3rd Floor, East Wing
In Morning combines two one-liners that Richard Prince appropriated from published sources and copied in a stream of messy block lettering that fills the center of the canvas from edge to edge. Dark smudges and paint drips surround the text, underscoring the macabre humor of the jokes. In place of a pictorial illustration, Prince explores the suggestive power of words, and exposes subversive messages behind the comical texts.