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
Not on view
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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