Tag Archive | Michael Leavitt

Pink Thing of The Day: Nancy Pelosi Acton Figure in Pink Dress

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The folks at FCTRY, who’ve been turning cultural and political icons into action figures since 2008, are adding a gorgeous Nancy Pelosi Acton Figure to their already impressive line of progressive heroes that includes RBG, Biden, AOCSanders and Hillary (which I own) among many others. Nancy is seen here rocking a hot Pink Dress (earning her the honor of being a Pink Thing of The Day), accessorized  with sensible white pumps, while she carries a white gavel in one hand, and Dump’s hideous wig in another (though I believe that is just a photo prop)! Nancy’s incredible likeness was sculpted by Seattle-based artist Michael Leavitt, whose work you have seen on the blog many times. He is so talented! While FCTRY prepares Nancy’s Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for her series, you can help spread the word about this project and possibly earn a free action figure. To find out how to get a free Nancy Pelosi Action Figure, please click Here, then scroll down to the Quid Pro Quo section. Can’t wait to own this lovely and powerful lady!

Yayoi Kusama Action Figure

Yayoi Kusama Action Figure
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This fantastic Yayoi Kusama Action Figure is part of Artist Mike Leavitt’s Art Army.

Must See Art: Michael Leavitt’s Empire Peaks

Abraham Lincoln as Han Solo
Abraham Lincoln as Han Solo By Michael Leavitt (All Photos By Gail)

File this one under “Must See Art” because you won’t want to miss Michael Leavitt’s latest exhibit at Jonathan Levine Gallery, entitled Empire Peaks. Continuing with the theme he did to perfection with Art Army Royalty back in 2011, Leavitt’s latest collection of  what could loosely be called pop culture action figures takes a Star Wars theme and turns that wildly popular franchise’s characters into recognizable icons of history, politics and entertainment. The show is totally off the hook! Even if you’re not  a total Star Wars geek  (raises hand) you’re going to enjoy the high-quality representations of some very recognizable individuals, both real and fictional.

There’s not really much more to be said except that you’ve to go see this show! Here are some of my favorite pieces from the exhibit.

Donald Trump as Darth Vadar
Donald Trump as Darth Vadar

Kim Jong Il as Jabba the Hut
Kim Jong Il as Jabba the Hut

R2D2 and C2PO
 Steve Jobs as C3 PO and Albert Einstein as R2D2

Ghandi as Yoda
Mahatma Gandhi as Yoda

Martin Luther King as Luke Skywalker
Martin Luther King as Luke Skywalker

The Sucklord

The Sucklord was in attendance at the opening reception! You may know The Sucklord from his appearance on season two of Bravo’s Work of Art, or from his line of unlicensed Star Wars parody toys, marketed under the name Suckadelic. He was pretty cool to talk to.

Hillary Clinton as a Stormtrooper
Hillary Clinton as a Stormtrooper

Obama as Lando Calrissian
President Barack Obama as Lando Calrissian

Mandela and Oprah
Nelson Mandela as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Oprah Winfrey as Padmé Amidala

You can tell even from these photographs that the detail is absolutely impeccable on all of these figures. Not only does each figure look exactly like its real-life counterpart, but Leavitt perfectly captures the essence of each Star Wars character in the melding of the two individual identities. High-fives all around on this one.

Michael Leavitt’s Empire Peaks will be on Exhibit Through December 21st, 2013 at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Located at 529 West 20th Street, 9th Floor, NYC, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Toe Truck Painting


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Collectible art doesn’t have to break the bank. Created from acrylic paint on a salvaged thrift store wood panel, this 6″x8″ original work of art by artist Michael Leavitt can be yours for just $350 (includes shipping!) at This Link!

Yes, It Exists: Elton John Toilet Seat

Elton looks excited, doesn’t he? I bet you’d be excited, too, if you had your own likeness on a bitchen toilet seat like this one by artist Michael Leavitt. Measuring 15″ x 20″ x 2″, this acrylic hand-painted, fully functional plastic toilet seat can be yours for just $800 (includes shipping!) by visiting This Link.

Jonathan Levine Gallery Presents Michael Leavitt’s Art Army Royalty


Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami and Julian Schnabel Are Part of The Art Army Royalty

Holy Cow, am I ever excited to tell you about a new art show that is must-see caliber material! The Jonathan Levine Gallery is currently hosting what may just be the coolest art exhibit in Manhattan! Michael Leavitt’s Art Army Royalty is a mind blowing collection of 11-inch ‘action figure’ sculptures based on some of the world’s most popular contemporary artists, as interpreted through their particular distinctive art medium. The detail in these miniature sculptures is just amazing. I had fun examining each one and trying to guess, based on all of the meticulous details, who it was, before looking at the name – most of the time it was easy, but not always!


Chuck Close

According to the exhibit’s Press Release, each figure is sculpted from scratch in polymer clay, surface-finished and texturized with acrylic paint and mixed media. Leavitt engineers the miniature sculptures with articulating joints, assembling moving body parts with elastic cord so that the figures can be posed. Leavitt’s Art Army is a satire on consumer culture, reducing the collector compulsion of two markets —art and product — into a miniature scale. Using the vinyl toy industry as a vehicle to convey the phenomenon of idolization and celebrity status in contemporary art and culture, Leavitt transforms the subjects into caricatures, along with the work they are best known for. Examples include portrayals of Damien Hirst as a bisected shark, Jeff Koons as a balloon animal, and Kara Walker with a paper-thin silhouette.


Matthew Barney As Depicted in His Cremaster Series Films

While Levine does not have Leavitt’s full collection on display (Ron English was conspicuously absent), you can preview what’s in store for you when you do visit the gallery at This Link. Definitely, this was the most fun I have had at an exhibit in a long time! Don’t miss it!

Michael Leavitt’s Art Army Royalty Runs through October 8, 2011 at the Jonathan Levine Gallery, located at 529 West 20th Street, 9th Floor (West of 10th Avenue) in New York. Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 AM to 6 PM.