Peter Beard - Photographs New York Tuesday, October 2, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Literature

    Taschen, Peter Beard, pl. 176 for a variant

  • Catalogue Essay

    The current lot presents two back-to-back images, the first time that a work of such format by renowned photographer Peter Beard appears at auction. In addition to a strong and unusual aesthetic appeal, the presentation of the images against—as opposed to adjacent—one another, creates a powerful metaphor that binds the two together. While one is of orphaned cheetah cubs, the other is of a grown cheetah confidently inhabiting its surrounding as well as the frame. Together, the images depict the opposing extremes in wildlife. While Cheetah cubs highlights the vulnerability, dependency and perils that abound in nature, Hunting Cheetah highlights the strength, resilience and strong survivalist instincts that propagate its continued, cyclical form. Indeed, the unique presentation of the images successfully conveys the equilibrium that exists in nature and calls for a greater awareness of its dual ability to endear and inspire.


Cheetah cubs orphaned at Mweiga nr. Nyeri for The End of the Game, 1968 and Hunting Cheetah on the Taru Desert, Kenya, June

Two gelatin silver prints, both visible in a unique double-sided frame, each printed later.
19 x 24 1/4 x 1 1/2 in. (48.3 x 61.6 x 3.8 cm) overall
Each print, signed and annotated in ink on the recto; Cheetah cubs with collage of affixed photographs on the recto.

$60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for $110,500

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2 October 2012
New York