Gallery Reveals ‘Bad Barbie’

10.27.09 Will Sherman

Long before other toy-obsessed photographers were posing their playthings in sex scandals and war scenes, David Levinthal was putting his dolls on camera. In 1972, the New York-based photographer began working with Barbie, Ken and G.I. Joe in series of black and white images reacting to the sexual revolution of the past decade: the iconic American blond ditches her boring old boyfriend and “blithely crosses the racial divide, … hooking up with a black G.I. Joe action figure for several carnal encounters.” John McWhinnie at Glenn Horowitz Bookseller will open a solo show of Levinthal’s “Bad Barbie” from November 4th through December 5th at 50 ½ East 64th Street.

Images via John McWhinnie at Glenn Horowitz Bookseller