8 х 10.5 in. (20.32 x 26.67 cm.)
Signed, by hand and dated May 2006, lower right.
Each photograph measures 8 x 10.5 in (20.3 x 26.7 cm)
Frame measures 23.5 x 29.5 x 1 in (59.7 x 74.9 x 2.5 cm)
Framed in original artist's frame.
Gorgeous, original photographic collage by internationally renowned photographer Peter Beard. The series of four distinct, elegant images are of Vietnamese concert pianist and founder of the American Vietnamese Friendship Organization (AVFO) Chau-Giang Thi Nguyen. This work was donated directly by the artist for the AVFO's July 6, 2006 fundraiser held at Steinway Hall in New York City, which Mr. Beard personally attended. It is hand signed and in the artist's original frame.
Attracted to the idea and process of personal preservation, Peter Beard (b.1938) began taking photographs at an early age, viewing them as an extension of his written diaries. Two years before starting at Yale University, North Haven, CT in 1957 as a pre-med student, Beard traveled to Africa where he was enthralled with the culture, landscape, and natural wildlife that would help sway his interests towards art history, and compel him to focus on his art. Upon graduating from Yale in 1961, Beard began working with Karen Blixen, author of ‘Out of Africa’, ‘Shadows in the Grass’, and ‘Gothic Tales’. The two traveled to Kenya, Africa where Beard worked at Kenya’s Tsavo National Park, photographing and documenting the rapid demise of the country’s wildlife, which he parlayed into ‘The End of the Game’ books, published in 1965 and 1977.
Beard’s concern with Africa has been realized in numerous books, articles and through his photographic work for over 4 decades. In addition to his own work, Beard has befriended and collaborated with many artists, including Andy Warhol, Andrew Wyeth, Richard Lindner, Terry Southern, Truman Capote, and Francis Bacon. His work was first exhibited in 1975 at Blum-Helman, New York, NY, with his first solo show two years later at the International Center of Photography, New York, NY. Since then, Beard’s work has been heavily sought after and widely exhibited throughout the world. His photographs have appeared in shows at Michael Hoppen Gallery, London, UK; Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; The Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN; Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris, France; KunstHausWien, Vienna, Austria; and Seibu Museum, Tokyo, Japan.