Bad Barbie <br>David Levinthal
Bad Barbie <br>David Levinthal
Bad Barbie <br>David Levinthal
Bad Barbie <br>David Levinthal
Bad Barbie <br>David Levinthal
Bad Barbie <br>David Levinthal
Bad Barbie <br>David Levinthal
Bad Barbie <br>David Levinthal

Bad Barbie
David Levinthal

JMc & GHB Editions, 2009
First edition, second printing
Softcover, 58 pages, 195 x 265 mm
Condition: Fine

 

Reproducing vintage photographs made by David Levinthal in the early 70s, the images in this book are arranged in a loose narrative sequence and feature a sexually liberated blonde Barbie enjoying intimate encounters with her steady boyfriend Ken, and exploring further pleasures with a black G.I. Joe doll.

The young artist was responding to a contemporary atmosphere of new sexual license enjoyed by youthful America following the liberal-leaning social upheavals of the 1960s. Barbie, already a popular icon, had morphed into the preternaturally blonde model so desirous of the era. Levinthal shoots her in scenes of sexual libertinism, solo and with partners, reveling in her freedom and sexuality. She gives pleasure and is pleasured in return.

Text included features an introduction by Richard Prince, and a racy narrative fiction by John McWhinnie.

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