Untitled from the series American Beauties

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Exhibition Label
The distinct look of the American Beauties series came about after a long day of shooting Western pictures at the 20x24 Polaroid Studio. Levinthal positioned a newly acquired pinup figure on a bed of sand leftover from his cowboy photos and removed the spray-painted Wild
West background. He then photographed the solitary figure with dramatic lighting in a darkened studio. Levinthal loved the simplicity of the result and the sculptural quality of the tiny toys. The images are among the artist's most evocative and enigmatic--nocturnal beach scenes where the world of childhood innocence intersects with the world of adult experience.
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of an anonymous donor
Restrictions & Rights
© 1990, David Levinthal
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Department
Graphic Arts
1990
Object number
2017.32.8
Artist
David Levinthal, born San Francisco, CA 1949
Topic
Landscape\beach
Figure female\full length
Allegory\quality\beauty
Ethnic\American
Medium
Polaroid Polacolor ER Land Film
Dimensions
24 × 20 in. (61.0 × 50.8 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Type
Photography