Peter Beard - Photographs New York Tuesday, April 4, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Peter Beard’s work embraces the majestic brutality of Africa, and portrays his beloved adopted home with his own distinct visual vocabulary. In the current work, as well as lots 87, 90 and 92, unique embellishments by the artists of the Hog Ranch Art Department ornament Beard’s images creating a heightened experience, one that documents both the fierce beauty of Africa and the urgent need to protect it.

    What is vividly apparent is that Beard’s work is an epitaph to noble beasts. His photographs are scientific documents infused with picture clues and conundrums, riddles, personal jokes, quotations – visual keys to a very real puzzle of survival and longevity. Once described as “Odysseus with a camera,” Beard was a visionary whose powerful work continues to resonate long after its creation.

    • Provenance

      Hamburg Kennedy Art Advisory + Projects, New York, 2008



Unique gelatin silver print with applied watercolor, tempera paint, and original drawings by the artists Kivoi Mathenge, E. Mwangi Kuria, and Mutasa Isaiya of the Hog Ranch Art Department, executed no later than 2007.
19 7/8 x 16 in. (50.5 x 40.6 cm)
Signed, titled, and extensively annotated in ink on the recto; signed, titled, and dated in ink within a Peter Beard Studio stamp on the verso.

Full Cataloguing

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $38,100

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Sarah Krueger
Head of Department, Photographs

Vanessa Hallett
Worldwide Head of Photographs and Chairwoman, Americas


New York Auction 4 April 2023