Peter Beard, ‘Ape Skull from Rwanda’, Photographed in 1984 and executed later, Phillips

Signature: signed, titled, inscribed and dated "ape skull from Rwanda 1984 smuggled out through the Congo by Cossna for Irving Penn on request via Cottars Camp (MARRA) nairobi + USA where Penn found it "too gorey" Peter Beard Hog Ranch Box 47616 nairobi Kenya E.A." upper left; further stamped with the "Stress & Density, Berlin" exhibition and "The Time is Always Now" copyright credit reproduction limitation stamps on the reverse; further stamped with the "Stress & Density, Berlin" exhibition, "Stress & Density, Madrid" and "The Time is Always Now" copyright credit reproduction limitation stamps on the frame backing; "Carnet Africains" exhibition label affixed to the reverse of the frame

Berlin, Camera Work Galerie; Madrid, Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Stress & Density, June 16, 1999 - January 16, 2000
New York, The Time Is Always Now, Peter Beard: Carnets Africains, A Retrospective (1955-Present), 2000
Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, The Encyclopedia of Masamichi Katayama "Life is hard... Let's go shopping.", April 8 - June 25, 2017, cat no. 132, pp. 18, 106 (illustrated)

Camera Work, Berlin
The Time is Always Now, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Peter Beard

Known for his fashion photography and striking images of Africa, Peter Beard’s photographs of sub-Saharan fauna and New York City nightlife in the 1970s and ’80s represent a sustained engagement with a libidinal power. Beard’s interest in Africa can be traced to his trips to the continent in the 1950s and ’60s, which he viewed as escapes from the high society into which he was born. During the 1970s, Beard began working for fashion magazines and became a fixture at Studio 54. Although separated by an ocean, both bodies of work are concerned with a certain kind of brutality and virulence. Beard later turned to photo-collage to bridge these two oeuvres, adding elements such as news clippings and his own blood to further explicate the themes of violence.

American, b. 1938, New York, New York

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