Exotic Game Hunting, Scimitar–Horned Oryx, Diamond K Ranch, Sisterdale, Texas

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Exotic Game Hunting, Scimitar–Horned Oryx, Diamond K Ranch, Sisterdale, Texas

This Scimitar-Horned Oryx, native to Africa and considered extinct in the wild, was killed in what is popularly called a canned hunt. At Diamond K Ranch, its listed trophy fee is $3,500.

Diamond K Ranch encloses its more than 5,000 acres with 50 miles of impenetrable game-proof fence. On the property there are 1,000 Whitetail Deer, 1,500 Axis Deer, and over 500 exotic (non-native) animals in addition to their fish, birds and native game.

Above the basic lodging, food and activities charges, hunters pay for each animal they kill, its trophy preparation and taxidermy or meat processing. Exotic game charges are $1,900 for a Blackbuck Antelope, $4,750 for a Springbok, $7,500 for a Père David Deer (a critically endangered species), and $6,500 to $10,000 for an Elk.

About Taryn Simon

Conceptual artist Taryn Simon’s photographs and accompanied writing are the result of a long process of research and investigation. For her 2011 work A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters, produced over a four-year period, Simon traveled around the world collecting stories and images that mapped the relationships among chance, blood, and other components of fate. Her work Contraband (2010) presented 1,075 images of items that were detained or seized from passengers and mail entering the United States from abroad. An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar (2007), revealed objects, sites, and spaces that are integral to America's foundation or daily functioning but remain inaccessible or unknown to the public audience, including a nuclear waste storage facility, a braille edition of Playboy, and the art collection of the CIA. Equally concerned with formalism and realism, Simon seeks seductive images of inaccessible and unrecognized, but symbolic, subjects, and maintains a diverse practice that extends to film, sculpture, and performance.

American, b. 1975, New York, New York, based in New York, New York

Solo Shows on Artsy

Paperwork and the Will of Capital, Almine Rech, Brussels
Taryn Simon: Birds of the West Indies, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills
Taryn Simon: Black Square, Gagosian Gallery, Athens
Taryn Simon: Contraband, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills

Group Shows on Artsy

Installment 1: Inaugural Exhibition, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

Fair History on Artsy