Aperture is pleased to release this special limited-edition photograph by David Levinthal from his well known series Wild West. Levinthal's Wild West series was first published in Issue 108 of Aperture Magazine in 1988. A central figure in the history of American postmodern photography, Levinthal stages uncanny tableaux using children’s toys, models, dolls, and play sets. Wild West (1987–2012), perhaps the artist’s best-known body of work, explores the American frontier and the Indian Wars, filtered through the nostalgic mythologizing of Hollywood westerns and late-twentieth-century advertising.
David Levinthal (born in San Francisco, 1949) received an MFA in photography at Yale University in 1973. His photography explores themes such as sexuality and voyeurism, race and religion, and beauty and war through imaginative fabrications that animate human likenesses and their environments. The winner of numerous awards, including a 1995 Guggenheim Fellowship, Levinthal’s photographs are included in many important collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art in New York; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.