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  • Peter Hill Beard

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    Art Brokerage: Peter Hill Beard American Artist, Photographer, Diarest and Writer: b. 1938. Peter Hill Beard, was born 1938 in New York. He attended Yale University where he enrolled as a pre-medical student but quickly changed his major to art history. Beard's photographs of Africa, African animals, and the journals that often integrate his photographs have been widely shown and published since the 1970s. Beard channels most of his creative energy into his collage-work and diaries. He began keeping diaries as a child and after discovering a love of photography, used photographs to extend and enhance them. Beard read Karen Blixen's Out of Africa, which inspired him to travel to Africa in 1955. He took many pictures of the wildlife there and began putting them into collages and using animal blood and remains along with clippings to create his work. In these works, he documents the history of his relationships with (among other things): Africa, Karen Blixen, the New York art scene, the fashion world, Hollywood, and the Kennedy administration. Page after page is covered with photographs of women, transcribed telephone messages, marginalia in India ink, clippings from the daily newspapers, dried leaves and insects, old sepia-toned photographs, drawings of animals and people by Kikuyu artists, quotes by Joseph Conrad, found objects, images of decaying elephant carcasses, and sometimes, Beard’s own blood. Listings wanted.

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