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Peter Beard: Fifty Years of Portraits [SIGNED ASSOCIATION COPY] (Includes additional ephemera)

Publisher: Santa Fe, New Mexico: Arena Editions, 1999
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 1892041154
Condition: Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 110882



First edition, first and only printing. A rare association copy, boldly signed, dated ("1999," the year of publication) and inscribed by Beard to American actress Suzanne Pleshette and her husband Thomas J. “Tommy” Gallagher, III, "Greetings to Tommy and Suzanne, @ Xmas '99, X X X Peter (Beard), NYC, NBI, etc..." in black ink, with his left handprint pressed with red acrylic paint across the half-title page.

Hardcover. Brown 'leatherette' covered boards with tipped-in plate on the front cover and debossed title; no dust jacket as issued. Photographs, photomontages and collages with hand-written texts, photographs, paintings and drawings by Peter Beard. Preface by Peter T. Tunney. Introduction by David Fahey. Essay by Anthony Haden-Guest. 206 pp. (including one 2-page gatefold) with numerous four-color plates, beautifully printed by EBS, Verona, Italy. 10-1/4 x 8-1/4 inches.

Includes five additional postcard invitations and announcements for Peter Beard exhibitions.

Published on the occasion of the 1999 exhibition Peter Beard: Fifty Years of Portraits, curated by Peter T. Tunney, at the Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles. Out of print. Very scarce.


Fine. A Near Mint copy.


From the publisher: "Throughout his remarkable life, photographer, naturalist, and raconteur Peter Beard has befriended and photographed some of the most prominent figures of our times. Portraiture is woven into the fabric of all of Beard's work, yet to date this relationship has never been carved out and explored. From his earliest attempts at expression as a child to the mania for travel and adventure that overtook Beard as a young man, and onward to Beard's most recent work on assignment, portraiture is a central thread of Beard's career. Beard's 'portraits,' however, rarely conform to the traditional format of this genre. Instead, they embody spontaneity, the moments shared with intimate friends, and the adventurous lives and experiences to which he has long been attracted. A vital chronicler of our times, he has created memorable images of such icons as Picasso, Francis Bacon, Karen Blixen, Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Salvador Dali, and Mick Jagger, along with the last great safari hunters, such as J.A. Hunter, Phillip Percival, and Cape-to-Cairo Grogan."