David Levinthal: Baseball
Jonathan MahlerISBN: 0977900800;
For more than three decades, artist David Levinthal has examined American popular culture and social mores as reflected through toys and miniatures. For Levinthal, the playful surface and shiny sheen of children's objects shroud other meanings, which he cleverly uncovers in large format photographs that are equally stunning for both their beauty and irony. In series, like Wild West, American Beauties or Modern Romance, Levinthal pierces the mythology of quintessentially American subjects while also playing to our collective nostalgia. His is a vision that not only underscores our country's uniqueness but also its desire for iconic representations and recognizable heroes. Perhaps no series to date by Levinthal shows this more than his ongoing work about professional American baseball. Perhaps the most accessible of all his series, Levinthal's Baseball is remarkable for its straightforward celebration of America's most beloved sport. With both antique and recently manufactured...
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