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Small Wonder : Worlds in a Box (American Scene)

David Levinthal, text by David Corey


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David Levinthal takes as his subject a remarkable series of 1950s playsets manufactured by master toymakers Louis Marx and T. Cohn. As a reflection of the obsessive play of the 1950s and the current nostalgia for such items, his tabletop photography allows a bird’s-eye view of imaginary tableaux – Legionnaire Captain Gallant in the desert, Fort Apache and the Wild West, boy scouts camping in the woods, and travelers making a stop at a roadside Howard Johnson’s. These inspired micro-worlds in a box” vignettes are like stills from a movie of American popular culture’s collective unconscious.This book was intended to be a critical

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AuthorDavid Levinthal, text by David Corey
Number of pagespp.160
PublisherNational Museum of American Art
Year Published1996
Book Condition

Very Good

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