David Levinthal, ‘American Beauties’, Gerald Peters Gallery Santa Fe

About David Levinthal

American photographer David Levinthal re-stages historical events using toy figures, play sets, and other miniatures—often to unsettling effects. “Ever since I began working with toys,” the artist explains, “I have been intrigued with the idea that these seemingly benign objects could take on such incredible power and personality simply by the way they were photographed.” Hitler Moves East (1977)—Levinthal’s first book of photographs, produced in collaboration with the cartoonist Gary Trudeau—blurs the line between fact and fiction, employing a photojournalistic style to capture toy soldiers in action. Levinthal’s other tableaus similarly draw upon the American psyche, whether depicting the American West, baseball players at bat, fantasies of the pin-up girl, or narrative scenes from Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

American, b. 1949, San Francisco, California, based in New York, New York

Solo Shows on Artsy

David Levinthal: The Wild West, Julie Nester Gallery, Park City

Group Shows on Artsy

Chrissy's Top Picks, ArtStar, New York
Disturbing Innocence, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York
Mana Exposition, Mana Contemporary

Fair History on Artsy