Peter Beard. Nunca nadie tanto

Desde hace algunas décadas, Peter Beard es el objetivo que captura vidas que muchos quisieran vivir, algunas de las que han pasado por sus objetivos, constituyen documentos de un mundo que ya no existe, desde el magnífico “The End of The Game”, re-editado más de 20 veces, la sensiblidad máxima en Zara’s Tale, hasta sus cada vez más depurados y tribales trabajos para el Calendario Pirelli’09, nos llega uno de nuestros libros favoritos, que se ha convertido desde el primer día en objeto de posesión para los cada vez más conocedores del trabajo de este fructífero creador, de la mano de Taschen, esta edición limitada es uno de los trabajos editoriales más completos, y con más cariño de los últimos tiempos.
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Este libro constituye una obra de arte por si mismo, 784 páginas llenas del optimismo inmersivo que nos transportará a la mejor experiencia Africana. Exquisitamente editado por: Nejma Beard, y David Fahey, Owen Edwards, Steven M.L. Aronson y el propio Peter Beard

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A stunning journey into the world of Peter Beard

“This extravagant and magnificent book is a work of art in itself.”
- L’EXPRESS, Paris

Photographer, collector, diarist, and writer of books Peter Beard has fashioned his life into a work of art; the illustrated diaries he kept from a young age evolved into a serious career as an artist and earned him a central position in the international art world. He was painted by Francis Bacon, painted on by Salvador Dalí, and made diaries with Andy Warhol; he toured with Truman Capote and the Rolling Stones, created books with Jacqueline Onassis and Mick Jagger – all of whom are brought to life, literally and figuratively, in his work. As a fashion photographer, he took Vogue stars like Veruschka to Africa and brought new ones – most notably Iman – back to the U.S. with him.
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His love affair with natural history and wildlife, which informs most of his work, began when he was a teenager. He had read the books of Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen) and after spending time in Kenya and befriending the author, bought a piece of land near hers. It was the early 1960s and the big game hunters led safaris, with all the colonial elements Beard had read about in Out of Africa characterizing the open life and landscape, but the times were changing. Beard witnessed the dawn of Kenya’s population explosion, which challenged finite resources and stressed animal populations – including the starving elephants of Tsavo, dying by the tens of thousands in a wasteland of eaten trees. So he documented what he saw – with diaries, photographs, and collages. He went against the wind in publishing unique and sometimes shocking books of these works. The corpses were laid bare; the facts were carefully written down, sometimes in type, often by hand, occasionally with blood.

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Peter Beard’s most important collages are included, along with hundreds of smaller-scale works and diaries, magnified to show every detail – from Beard’s meticulous handwriting and old-masters-inspired drawings to stones and bones and bits of animals pasted to the page.

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Special features:

  • Two volumes in a cloth slipcase
  • Volume 1: 200 pages of diaries and 294 pages of collages + five fold-outs; introduction by photo critic Owen Edwards. Nearly all the diaries and collages from the original book are included, plus two new collages finished in 2007.
  • Volume 2: Image index with captions for all images from Volume 1; personal photos and early work of the artist; interview with the artist by Steven M. L. Aronson; a facsimile reprint of Beard’s 1993 handwritten essay from the sold-out debut issue of Blind Spot magazine; extensive bibliography, filmography, and list of exhibitions.

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Originally published in 2006 in TASCHEN’s Collector’s Edition series, the book sold out instantly upon publication and earned accolades from publications the world over. The book you couldn’t get your hands on is finally available in bookstores everywhere, and at a nice price!

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About the artist:
Born in New York City in 1938, Peter Beard began taking photographs and keeping diaries from early childhood. By the time he graduated from Yale University, he had developed a keen interest in Africa. Throughout the 1960s and ’70s he worked in Tsavo Park, the Aberdares, and Lake Rudolf in Kenya’s northern frontier. His first show came in 1975 at the Blum Helman Gallery, and was followed in 1977 by the landmark installation of elephant carcasses, burned diaries, taxidermy, African artifacts, books and personal memorabilia at New York’s International Center for Photography. In addition to creating original artwork, Beard has also worked as a Vogue photographer and collaborated on projects with Andy Warhol, Andrew Wyeth, Richard Linder, Terry Southern, Truman Capote, and Francis Bacon. In 1996, shortly after Beard was trampled by an elephant, his first major retrospective took place at the Centre National de la Photographie in Paris, France, followed by shows in Berlin, London, Milan, Stockholm, Tokyo, and Vienna, among others. He lives in New York City, Long Island, and Kenya with his wife, Nejma, and daughter, Zara.

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About the editors:
Nejma Beard has been Peter Beard’s agent and the director of the Peter Beard Studio since 2001. Since then she has curated and co-curated shows in Paris, London, Milan, and Los Angeles, and assisted on the publication of Zara’s Tales.

David Fahey is co-owner of the Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles. During his 31-year career in the field, he has collaborated on over 45 fine art photography books. He is the co-vice president of the Herb Ritts Foundation and serves on the Photography Advisory Council for the J. Paul Getty Museum.

About the authors:
Steven M. L. Aronson, a former book publisher, is a writer and editor. He edited and published Peter Beard’s book Longing for Darkness and wrote the T.V. special The End of the Game. He is the author of HYPE and the co-author of Savage Grace.

Owen Edwards has written about photography for 30 years, for the American Photographer, New York Times Magazine, New York magazine, The Village Voice, Saturday Review, Vogue, Smithsonian magazine, and many other publications.

About the contributor:
Ruth Ansel is an award-winning art director known for her innovative design at many of America’s top fashion and cultural magazines since the 1960s. Ansel Design Studio (est. 1992) has produced international fashion campaigns and books with photographers including Peter Beard, Richard Avedon, and Annie Leibovitz

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“Peter Beard African King. Karen Blixen, les éléphants, les vacances à Montauk avec Jackie O. et ses enfants, des mannequins sublimes dans la brousse, des traces de sang, des photos jamais posées de Bianca et Mick Jagger, Francis Bacon qui passe une tête au fil de ses carnets…Un bout de l’œuvre de Peter Beard, le magnifique dandy issu de la bonne société new-yorkaise installé au Kenya, sort en deux volumes. Où, en plus de cela, on retrouve les observations du photographe sur la nature malmenée par l’homme, ses fameux collages qui juxtaposent femmes nues (beaucoup), dessins, feuilles d’arbres et articles découpés dans la presse. Un bordel parfait pour résumer quarante-cinq ans de la vie d’un artiste toujours entre deux mondes, que ce soit une soirée à New York ou un safari au Botswana pour shooter le dernier calendrier Pirelli.” Paris Match, Paris France

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“La magie de Peter Beard. On se méfie, d’abord: Beard, c’est l’Afrique de l’aventurier mondain qui côtoie avec la même aisance aristocratique les éléphants de Tsavo et les artistes du pop art new yorkais. Mais les deux somptueux volumes publiés chez TASCHEN dépassent les clichés: ils révèlent en plus de 600 pages de collages, journaux intimes, photos et textes, les nombreuses vies d’un artiste unique en son genre qui, à 70 ans, reste convaincu que “la nature est le seul vrai miracle, car son mystère nous demeure inaccessible” Géo, Paris France

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“Le diariste africain. Paru en 2006 en édition limitée, ce voyage dans l’œuvre de Peter Beard a été épuisé aussi vite qu’il était paru. Le revoici deux ans plus tard, dans une version grand public. Peter Beard est ce photographe bien né – famille new-yorkaise richissime -, parti très jeune au Kenya pour y rencontrer Karen Blixen avant de s’y établir. Et de bâtir une œuvre unique qui mêle autobiographie, dénonciation de la pression de l’homme sur la vie sauvage, snobisme, people, sans, sexe et art. Depuis son adolescence, Peter Beard tient le journal de sa vie grâce à ses photos qu’il enlumine de peinture, d’humeurs, de notes, de citations (de Léonard de Vinci à Théodore Roosevelt) ou de découpages dans des magazines. Ce journal, fil du premier volume de ce coffret, agace par son narcissisme chic mais fascine par sa liberté d’expression. Le second volume est consacré à un index, des photos personnelles, des interviews, la liste de ses expositions et de ses livres. Un morceau de bravoure, sans doute un rien surfait, mais qui nous happe.” Le Temps, Genève Switzerland

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“Beard’s work was so sought-after that when the collector’s edition first became available, it sold out in seconds. Now Beard’s most important collages are readily available to buy. Along with hundreds of smaller-scale works and diaries, the two volumes show incredible detail, from his meticulous handwriting and drawings to items gathered from nature.” Distill, London United Kingdom

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“Cet ouvrage émouvant, superbe objet, éclaire d’une lumière singulière le chaos africain, à condition de prendre soin de le lire attentivement.” Plaisirs de la chasse, Chaumont France
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“La précédente édition était trop luxueuse, seuls quelques privilégiés pouvaient l’acquérir. Celle-ci, très belle (un coffret de deux volumes), rend enfin accessibles les images délirantes du photographe mythique, entre photo animalière, mode, manifeste écologique, collages et journal intime. Unique.” Le Figaro Magazine (Bons et beaux livres), Paris France
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“Entre les fauves animaliers et ceux du rock, le photographe new-yorkais (1938) a tracé une ligne de vie palpitante, les saisissant morts ou encore carnassiers, avec la même volupté complice. Difficile de ne pas lier ces grands corps d’éléphants photographiés du ciel par Beard et Keith Richards, profondément endormi sur une chaise pendant la tournée US de 1972. Non content de dompter le mouvement sauvage de la vie dans ses images, il les redécore, les peint, les colorise, leur donne un statut qui amène à plusieurs lectures. Des modèles aux Masaïs, de Warhol à l’Afrique qu’il aime tant, Beard expose la violence du monde et sa beauté.” Focus Knack (Le Vif/L’Express), Bruxelles Belgium
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“Open the book and immerse yourself within the depths of an amazing, brutal and beautiful technicolour journey through Africa.” Matchbox, London United Kingdom
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“Photographe, collectionneur, écrivain, Peter Beard a fait de sa vie une œuvre d’art. Ami des peintres comme Dali et Andy Warhol, il nourrit une passion pour l’Afrique. Son reportage au Kenya en 1970, sur des éléphants mourant de faim par milliers, sensibilisa l’attention publique. Plus de sept pages de collages, de photos et de journaux intimes sont habilement assemblées.” L’Amour des Livres, Paris France

“Peter Beard racconta la fine di un sogno. C’era una volta l’Africa della Blixen e di Hemingway, delle esplorazioni avventurose, della ferrovia di Mombasa, delle speranze, dei sogni. Peter Beard, fotografo americano con un piede nella New York da bere e l’altro nel continente nero, quell’atmosfera piena di fascino ha fatto in tempo a respirarla e oggi odia tutto ciò che ha trasformato e sfregiato la terra africana. The end of the game di TASCHEN è la sua Africa, un libro in cui sono raccolte fotografie e documenti, storie, disegni, branchi, zanne, carcasse e facce dell’Africa che non c’è più e di quella che c’è ancora.” Arte, Milano Italy

Este libro constituye una obra de arte por si mismo, 784 páginas llenas del optimismo inmersivo que nos transportará a la mejor experiencia Africana. Exquisitamente editado por: Nejma Beard, y David Fahey, Owen Edwards, Steven M.L. Aronson y el propio Peter Beard
Hardcover, slipcase, 21.8 x 31.6 cm (8.6 x 12.4 in.), 784 pages
75€ en ciclic

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