Untitled from the series American Beauties

  • David Levinthal, Untitled from the series American Beauties, 1990, Polaroid Polacolor ER Land Film, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of an anonymous donor, 2017.32.8, © 1990, David Levinthal

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.
Title
Untitled from the series American Beauties
Artist
Date
1990
Location
Dimensions
24 × 20 in. (61.0 × 50.8 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of an anonymous donor

Mediums Description
Polaroid Polacolor ER Land Film
Classifications
Keywords
  • Allegory – quality – beauty
  • Ethnic – American
  • Landscape – beach
Object Number
2017.32.8
Palette
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