September 8 – October 20, 2007
Opening Reception for the Artist: September 8, 7-9pm

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“JC-79”, 2005, from the series, “The Passion”.
Copyright David Levinthal, Courtesy of the Stephen Cohen Gallery.

The Stephen Cohen Gallery is pleased to announce Passion”, a show of new work by renowned photographer David Levinthal.  His first show with the gallery, Levinthal’s new body of work continues the mining of the American psyche through his meticulous taxonomy of toy figurines.  “Passion” will run from September 8 through October 20, 2007. An opening reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, September 8, from 7 to 9pm.                                                                            

No stranger to controversial subject matter, Levinthal’s two latest bodies of work situate themselves within two apparent extremes: religion and sexual fetish.  
Once again utilizing a 20 x 24 inch Polaroid camera to capture luscious images, Levinthal focuses his camera on Christian figurines depicting various episodes in the story of Christ, as well as images of Moses descending, and Pope John Paul II.  Titled “The Passion” 2005, these new large-scale prints tease out the drama, euphoria, and devotion found in the depictions of the life of Jesus Christ.
Accompanying this work will be a selection of prints from his 2001 series “Desire”.  An abstract haze of soft-focus pink and peach hues, gives way to voluptuous nude figurines engaged in kinky, sensual play.  Printed on Silver Lame fabric—a fetish object in its own right---“Desire” peeks into the private world of sexy dominatrixes and in turn, implicates us, the viewers, transforming us into voyeurs.
Although seemingly at odds with one another, the two bodies of work in the exhibition exemplify David Levinthal’s inquiry into the subjects that obsess American culture.  The toys and figurines photographed by the artist offer windows into America’s collective consciousness, giving us a glimpse into our own minds, our obsessions, and our passions.
David Levinthal is a New York based photographer whose work is included in numerous national and international collections including The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY, The Museum of Modern Art NY, and the Pompidou Centre Paris amongst others. The artist’s work has been exhibited in numerous group and solo shows across the country and has a number of monographs published by such presses as Twin Palms and The International Center of Photography of NY.
“Passion” will exhibit at the Stephen Cohen Gallery located at 7358 Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and by appointment.

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