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David Levinthal

Artist Biography

David Levinthal was born in San Francisco and received his MFA in Photography from Yale University. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions at institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; the San Jose Museum of Art, CA; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan; the Museum of Modern Art, NY; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Spain; Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, Germany; and the Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zurich, Switzerland, among others. His work is featured in many public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, IL; The Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the International Center of Photography, NY; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; the Museum of Modern Art, NY; the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; and the Polaroid Collection, MA.


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Born in San Francisco, CA, 1949
Lives and works in New York, NY
www.davidlevinthal.com

EDUCATION

1981
S.M. Management Science, M.I.T.

1973
M.F.A. Photography, Yale University

1970
A.B. Studio Art, Stanford University


GRANTS

John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship 1995
National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Artists Fellowship 1990-91
Polaroid Corporation Artist Support Grants 1987-89
Prix du Livre de Photographie 1997, Le Prix du Livre-Images, les Rencontres, Arles, France


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014
David Levinthal: Make Believe, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

2013
Spun: Adventures in Textiles: Material World, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
David Levinthal: War Games, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

2012
David Levinthal: The Last Trail, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO

2011
Attack of the Bricks: Star Wars, Gering & López Gallery, New York, NY
David Levinthal: Photographs 1974 - 2008, 169 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Toyland, Leadapron, Los Angeles, CA
Blackface Polaroids, John McWhinnie at Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, New York, NY

2010
David Levinthal, Wessel+O'Connor Fine Art, Lambertville, NJ
David Levinthal: American Beauties, Bad Barbies, Wild West, Ochi Gallery, Ketchum, ID

2009
Barbie!, Gering & López Gallery, New York, NY
Bad Barbie, John McWhinnie at Glenn Horowitz, New York, NY
I.E.D: War in Afghanistan and Iraq, Stellan Holm Gallery, New York, NY

2008
War, Conner Contemporary Art, Washington D.C.
Space Toys – New Polaroids, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO
Space, Galería Javier López, Madrid, Spain
David Levinthal 1983-2008, Raiña Lupa Galería, Barcelona, Spain
Girlfriend! The Barbie Sessions by David Levinthal, Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo, TX
A Wild Romance, Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, East Hampton, NY
Hitler Moves East, Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, New York, NY
Jesus, Augen Gallery, Portland, OR
Hockey Night, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

2007
The Passion, Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Depth of Field, The National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum, Cooperstown, NY

2006
Baseball, Yogi Berra Museum, Montclair State University, Little Falls, NJ
The Passion, Spike Gallery, New York, NY
David Levinthal, Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, TX
David Levinthal, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Blackface, The Menil Collection, Houston, TX

2005
Girlfriend, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO
David Levinthal's Vision: Capturing America's Pastime, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
David Levinthal and the American Dream, Louisville Slugger Museum, Louisville, KY
David Levinthal, Stellar Somerset Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
New/Now: David Levinthal, New Britain Museum, New Britain, CT
David Levinthal, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Dirty Little Secrets, Cartelle Gallery, Marina del Rey, CA
From Blackface to Barbie, Augen Gallery, Portland, OR
David Levinthal, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
David Levinthal and the American Dream, New Center for Contemporary Art, Louisville, KY

2004
Hell's Belles, Spike Gallery, New York, NY
American Beauties, Ochi Fine Art, Ketchum, ID
Baseball, Conner Contemporary Art, Washington, DC
Netsuke, Galerie Xippas, Paris, France

2003
Baseball, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO
David Levinthal, Augen Gallery, Portland, OR
The Wild West, Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Small Wonder: World in a Box, Block Museum, Evanston, IL

2002
From the Valley of the Dolls: David Levinthal, 1985-2001, Daniel Azoulay Gallery, Miami, FL
XXX, The Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
The Wild West, Ochi Gallery, Ketchum, ID
David Levinthal: 1975-2001, Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC
XXX, The Paul Morris Gallery, New York, NY
Wild West, The Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
The Wild West, The Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
The Wild West, Conner Contemporary Art, Washington, DC
Blackface, Alexandria Black History Resource Center, Alexandria, VA
Small Wonders: World in a Box, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia, Beach, VA

2001
David Levinthal, Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
Small Wonders: World in a Box, Detroit Institute of Arts, MI
XXX Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium
XXX Series, Modernism, San Francisco, CA
Blackface, Conner Contemporary Art, Washington, DC
XXX Series, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA

2000
Modern Romance, Speed Museum, Louisville, KY
Wild West Series, Salina Art Center, Salina, KS
Blackface, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
XXX Series, Galerie Xippas, Paris, France
XXX: New Photographs, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO
Girlfriend! The Barbie Sessions, San Jose Museum, San Jose, CA
Traveling to: Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL; The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY; Salina Art Center, Salina, KS; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL
Spring Fever: David Levinthal's Baseball Series, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
Barbie Millicent Roberts, Augen Gallery, Portland, OR
Barbie, Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

1998
Wild West, P.S. 1, Queens, NY
Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
New Gallery, Houston, TX
Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux, France

2013
Never Ever, Foundation Valentin de Madariaga, Seville, Spain

2011
Polaroid (IM)POSSIBLE – The Westlicht Collection, Westlicht, Vienna
25 Year Anniversay Exhibition, Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Marchen, Mythos, Marotte, Galerie Steinek, Vienna
Instant Connections, Studio Museum of Harlem, New York, NY
Branch Rickey & Jackie Robinson: A Partnership in Vision and Courage, Ross Museum of Art, Ohio
Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH
Instant Connections, Panopticon Gallery, Boston, MA

2010
Collected. Black & White, Studio Museum of Harlem, New York, NY
25 Years / 25 Works, Wessel + Oconnor Fine Art, Lambertville, NJ

2009
Into the Sunset: Photography's Image of the American West, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The Vague Terrain: Analogues of Place in Contemporary Photography, the FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY
The Figure and Dr. Freud, Haunch of Venison, New York, NY
Heads: a group exhibition, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY

2008
Reality Check: Truth and Illusion in Contemporary Photography, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Mobile Art, Chanel Contemporary Art Container, Traveling to Hong Kong; Tokyo, Japan; and New York, NY
Darkside, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zurich, Switzerland
Black Is, Black Ain't, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
Traveling to: Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, Detroit, MI; Kansas City Art Institute,
Kansas City, KS; Amistad Center at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT

2006
Extra-Ordinary: The Everyday Object in American Art, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN

2005
Colecoes VI, Galleria Luisa Strina, Sao Paulo, Brasil

2004
Boys of Summer, Augen Gallery, Portland, OR
Subway Series: The New York Yankees and the American Dream, Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY
Subway Series: The New York Mets and Our National Pastime, Queens Museum of Art, NY
After Images: Art As Social Memory, Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen,
Bremen, Germany
At War, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Spain
Exposed – The Nude in 20th Century Photography, Städtische Museen Heilbronn,
Heilbronn, Germany
Bedecked: Costume and Coiffure, Des Moines Art Center, IA
First Thursday, David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MI
Cowboys and Indians: The West as Muse in Contemporary Photography, Sun Valley
Center for the Arts, Ketchum, ID

2003
5 YEAR < RETRO, Conner Contemporary Art, Washington, DC
Tunnel Vision: A Contemporary Visual Odyssey, Art Basel & Art Miami, Daniel Azoulay Gallery, Miami, FL
Beyond Tradition: Permanent Collection Photographs, San Jose Museum of Art, CA
Flash, Swimsuits and Sports, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
Valley of the Dolls, Modernism Gallery, San Franciso, CA
Pictures from Within: American Photographs, 1958-2002, Whitney Museum
of American Art, New York, NY
Not So Cute & Cuddly: Dolls and Stuffed Toys in Contemporary Art, Ulrich
Museum of Art, Wichita, KS
Sharks in the Morning, Daniel Azoulay Gallery, Miami, FL
Indians and Cowboys, Jan Weiner Gallery, Kansas City, MO
The Burbs, DFN Gallery, New York, NY
American Dream, Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York, NY
Wait Until Dark, Williams College Museum of Art, Williams, MA
Faking Real, Leroy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY
Witness: Theories of Seduction, Dorsky Gallery, New York, NY
MARS - Art and War, Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria
Constructed Realities: Contemporary Photography, Orlando Museum of Art, FL
Phantom of Pleasure, Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria
American Perspectives: Photographs from the Polaroid Collection, Boston University Art Gallery and Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA
Culture Shock, The Red Gallery, Savannah College of Art and Design, GA
Visions from America: Photographs from the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1940-2001, Whitney Museum, New York, NY
Erotika, Riva Gallery, New York, NY
The American Dream: Swimming Pool, Sky Studios, New York, NY
Gun Crazy, The University of Alabama at Birmingham Visual Arts Gallery
A Doll's House, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, Norway
Desire, Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy
Art Downtown, Wall Street Rising, New York, NY
Selections from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Permanent Collection,
Robert Wood Johnson Gallery, New York, NY
Red as a Color for Exploration and Expression, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2001
Diabolical Beauty, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
Horse Tales: American Images and Icons 1800-2000, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY
Love Affair with Pictures: 25 Years of Collecting at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, TX
Toy With Us, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA
300 Year Anniversary Yale University School of Art Alumni Exhibition, New Haven, CT
Desire, Ursula Blickle Stiftung in association with the Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy
True Fictions, Museum Bad Arolsen, Kassel, Germany
Places & People, L.A. Galerie, Frankfurt, Germany
Phigment, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA
Toying with Reality, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX
Mémoire des Camps: Photographies des Camps de Concentration d'Extermination Nazis, 1933-1999, Patrimonie Photographique, Hôtel de Sully, Paris, France
Stage and Manipulated: Photographic Fictions from St. Louis Collections, Cohen Gallery, St. Louis, MO
The Darker Side of Playland: Childhood Imagery from the Logan Collection,
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
MoMA 2000: Open Ends, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
American Perspectives: Photographs from the Polaroid Collection,
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan
It Was So Hot We Had To Take Our Clothes Off: A Summer Show of Selected Artists, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
The Toy Show, Nikolai Fine Art, New York, NY
Living Doll, The Work Space, New York, NY
Chorus of Light, Photography from the Collection of Sir Elton John, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Made in California, 1900-2000, Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Islands of Order, Leeds Gallery, The University of Texas, Austin, TX

1999
Mastermind of Mode, International Fashion Festival in Japan 1999, Tokyo, Kobe, and Fukuoka, Japan
Images for an Age: Art and History at the Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Un Monde Irréel, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France
American Photographs, Part 3: 1968-1999, Danziger Gallery, New York, NY
Déja Jadis: 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Part I, Modernism, San Francisco, CA
Female, Wessel + O'Connor Gallery, New York, NY
Urban Life, Galerie H.S. Steinek, Vienna, Austria
Almost Warm and Fuzzy, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
Through the Looking Glass, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art,
Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY
Summertime, Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Built, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Stars & Stripes, Ricco Maresca Gallery, New York, NY
Into the 21st Century: Selections from the Permanent Collection,
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
Veiled Time: Contemporary Artists and the Holocaust, Mason Gross School of the Arts Gallery, Trenton, NJ
I'm the Boss of Myself, Sara Meltzer's On View, New York, NY

1998
Altered Beliefs, City Gallery East, Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Atlanta, GA
Babes, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
From the Heart: The Power of Photography-A Collector's Choice, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX
Same Difference, Chapman University Guggenheim Gallery, Orange, CA
The Not-Quite Doll Show, O'Kane Gallery, Houston, TX
Heart, Body, Mind, Soul: American Art in the 1990's, Selections from the Permanent Collection, Whitney Museum, New York, NY
New Realities: Hand-colored Photography, 1839 to the Present, University of
Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY
The Mythic Image, David Adamson Gallery, Washington DC
Figured, Associated American Artists, New York, NY
Devoir de Mémoire, Recontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles, France
Rear View, California State University, Northridge, CA
The Gun As Image, Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Making it Real, Independent Curators International, New York, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut. Traveling to: Reykjavik Municipal Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland; Portland Museum of Art, Portland ME; Bayly Art Museum, Charlottesville VA; Bakalar Gallery, Boston MA; and Emerson Gallery, Clinton, NY


SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
BankAmerica Corporation, San Francisco, CA
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL
The Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Collection of Eileen and Peter Norton, Santa Monica, CA
Continental Insurance, New York, NY
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Eurostar, Graz, Austria
Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA
Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI
Hallmark Collection, Kansas City, MO
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
International Center of Photography, New York, NY
International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
National Gallery of New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand
New York Public Library, New York, NY
Polaroid Collection, Cambridge, MA
Progressive Art Collection, Mayfield Heights, OH
San Jose Museum, San Jose, CA
University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, CA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

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