Richard Prince: Three Books Looking in the Same Direction


Prince, Richard.
War Pictures. New York: Artists Space, 1980.
Menthol Pictures. Buffalo, NY: CEPA Gallery, 1980.
Menthol Wars. New York: Self-published/Printed Matter, 1980.
8vos.; illustrated wrappers; stapled. Light wear at spine edges, else fine.
First editions.
War Pictures came first, published in February, 1980. An excerpt from its first page of text reads, “We are emigrants or experiments in transition. We were born in zones like ‘the white,’ ‘Panama,’ ‘the 96th.’ We adapt by distorting.”
Menthol Pictures was next; it was made for a show in Buffalo in June, 1980. It has a few more pages and a different girl on the cover. An excerpt from its second page of text reads, “He found the fact that the war had come to his ‘doorstep,’ ‘interesting.’ He found it interesting because he didn’t feel fear when he thought he should.”
Menthol Wars was last. It came out in October, 1980 to coincide with an installation in the window of the old Printed Matter space on Lispenard Street. It has a few more pages than either of the first two and has a different girl on the cover. Unlike the others it is paginated and has a table of contents. An excerpt from page three reads, “We went out with the same girl once and never got wise to her. What was bizarre about it was that we both had pretty intense relationships with her. I mean you have to understand this is true.”