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David Levinthal: American Beauties

Publisher: Santa Monica and New York: Pence Gallery/Laurence Miller Gallery, 1990
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Soft cover
Condition: Near Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 111809



First edition, first printing. Soft cover. Silver wrappers (spiral bound), with titled debossed in red and black on cover; no dust jacket as issued. Photographs by David Levinthal. Text by Rosetta Brooks. Includes a biography and selected bibliography. 32 pp., with 12 four-color plates printed on heavy coated paper. 9 x 7-1/2 inches. Published on the occasion of exhibitions at Pence Gallery, Santa Monica, and Laurence Miller Gallery, New York. Scarce.


Near Fine (moderate rubbing to the wrappers and wear to the extremities, else Fine).


From Rosetta Brooks: "The slight chill introduced into the eroticism of American Beauties comes from the presence of the night sky set against an otherwise well-illuminated beach scene in the foreground. Each photo is bisected horizontally into day and night...The dreamy, atmospheric angles of film noir which cloak the American Beauties already hint at a feeling of unease, and the black hole of the sky serves to reinforce this atmosphere. A dense blackness hovers over the oiled, pink flesh of the sun-goddess....The power and strength of Levinthal's images come from the way they explore the American experience through its most potent imaginative realm of imagery: the movies."