8 х 10.5 in. cm.
Signed, by hand and dated May 2006, lower right. Framed in original artist's frame.
Each photograph measures 8 by 10.5 inches (20.3 by 26.7 cm). Framed size is 23.5 by 29.5 by 1 inches (59.7 by 74.9 by 2.5 cm).
This original photographic collage by acclaimed photographer Peter Beard is comprised of a series of four images of Chau-Giang Thi Nguyen, Vietnamese concert pianist and founder of the American Vietnamese Friendship Organization (AVFO). 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 in 1957 as a pre-medical 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 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, where Beard worked at the Tsavo National Park, photographing and documenting the rapid demise of the country’s wildlife. This work resulted in his "End of the Game" books, published in 1965 and 1977. Beard’s concern with Africa has been represented in numerous books, articles, and photographic series over the course of four 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.