David Levinthal's series History is a culmination of his work over the last three-and-a-half decades. Like his previous bodies of work, History speaks to the way in which popular imagery infiltrates memory, imagination, and identity.
Levinthal creates elaborate scenes based on events in history, especially as they are depicted in movies and on TV. The compositions are reminiscent of famous images from art, literature, and visual culture, but they are not exact replicas.
The resulting works, in which notions of play and fantasy intermingle with historical memory, suggest, astutely and without judgment, the inevitable role that existing images play in both our understanding of the past and our personal relationship to the course of history.Details: By David Levinthal