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Artist of the moment……David Levinthal

David Levinthal is an American photographer born in the year 1949 in San Francisco, California. Certainly one of the smartest artists I have profiled here Levinthal has earned a degree from MIT Sloan School of Management, a masters of fine art photography from Yale, and a bachelor degree in studio art from Stanford. Wow!

As for his photography, Levinthal images are easily recognized for his compositions and for the fact that most are shot by a Polaroid camera. For his compositions Levinthal uses toys, dolls, really anything small in scale and then creates a unique environment for the characters using a shoebox.

In this clip we take a look at the Polaroid Art Collection. David Levinthal is interviewed at the six minute mark into the clip. Polaroid had always supported artists and liked to see the way different artists used their materials. Because of their close relationship with artists, their collection of photography was among the best in the world including artists like Levinthal and Ansel Adams.

In this clip we view  a show titled “Jesus” by David Levinthal. We visit the artist at the shows opening and he tells us about his inspirations for this series:

With the shoebox format he can recreate anything from a diner to a hotel room or billiard hall.

The artist is the epitome of Pop art as he explores issues that trouble us all on a daily basis from politics, to racism, to racial stereotypes.

In addition Levinthal enjoys using toys for his art as Levinthal sees this as a way of socializing our young.

David Levinthal is  one of my favorite photographers because his style is so adultlike and childlike at the same time. When was the last time you played with a G.I. Joe action figure or Barbie Doll? David Levinthal is lucky enough and skilled enough as an artisan photographer he does it on a daily basis!

Price range information:  Works range from $4,000 to $60,000.

David Levinthal is a recipient a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Levinthal is also the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts.

To close we will take a look at a work dealing with racism. The work is titled Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Impressive the way toys can be used for social commentary! Awesome!