Levon West was an etcher, painter, photographer, writer and teacher. A portion of this tranferred photographic material is microfilmed on reels 152 and 153. Artist 1900 - 1968 Gaining international fame for his sensitive portrayals in color photography, etchings and watercolors, Ivan Dmitri's work has been exhibited in nearly every major art museum in the western world. Dmitri founded Photography in the Fine Arts in 1959. He graduated valedictorian of his high school class at Harvey, North Dakota, taught school for a year, and enlisted in the United States Navy. That sketch was featured on the front page of the newspaper, which boosted his career as an artist.
The potpourri effect of the exhibition mirrors that of the original ''Photography in the Fine Arts'' shows. As Ivan Dmitri, he helped to gain acceptance for photography as an art medium, and established one of the first photography exhibits at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. The first color photograph on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post was by Dimitri. Called ''Master Photographs From the Photography in the Fine Arts Exhibitions, 1959-1967,'' the show serves simultaneously to resuscitate the legacy of the enterprise and to reflect an image of what aspired, as recently as 20 years ago, to constitute the ''fine art'' of photography. The name West was chosen as it was the maiden name of Levon's mother, who was related to the early American artist Benjamin West. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems.
In 1959, Ivan Dmitri founded Photography in the Fine Arts. By the 1940s, his work was in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Museum , the Havemeyer Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and many others. Dmitri and his colleagues wanted to demonstrate photography's variety of styles and functions, from the purely esthetic to the commercial. He wanted to take almost entirely art courses but his father insisted that he major in business administration. Restrictions on Access Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.
He also founded Photography in the Fine Arts in 1959 and was the third recipient of the North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award in April 1962. Between 1959 and 1968, the year of Dmitri's death, six such exhibitions took place, four of which opened at the Metropolitan. He used the name Ivan Dmitri for his color photography, but kept the name Levon West for his non-photography. To appreciate ''Master Photographs'' as anything more than a collection of often remarkable pictures, the show's catalogue is invaluable. They serviced planes at Roosevelt Field on Long Island.
He was represented by Kennedy Gallery in New York City. He was such an advocate for photography, he assisted in establishing one of the first photography exhibits at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. The archives were acquired by the center in 1981, and Mr. Because Dmitri is the character most poised between animalism and spiritual redemption, he often represents the plight of humanity itself in the novel. None of the three artists included in the 1967 ''New Documents'' show at the Museum of Modern Art - Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander and Garry Winogrand - took part. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Getty Images.
It has been responsible for some of the most provocative images taken with the camera, and it has occasioned a seemingly endless string of attempts to convince the art world, once and for all, that photography is a medium of expression as well as of description. This plane belonged to Charles Lindberg. A magazine photographer and erstwhile printmaker named Ivan Dmitri joined forces with Norman Cousins of the Saturday Review and James Rorimer, director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, to present a series of exhibitions called ''Photography in the Fine Arts. Submissions were solicited by Dmitri himself, and he concentrated heavily on editorial, advertising and other commercial sources. Dmitri was one of the first artists to work with color photography, and he wrote several books on the subject. As a result, many museum directors learned for the first time that shows of photographs were great for the gate.
This led to a series of successful etchings and national prominence. Govenor William Guy presented him with the award on April 13, 1962 in its former form as an honorary Colonel in Theordore Roosevelt's Roughrider regiment. Levon West adopted the pen name of Ivan Dmitri to use for his color photography. In the original exhibitions the work was arranged alphabetically by photographer. After graduating from high school he taught school for a year and enlisted in the United States Navy. West was a member of the Society of American Etchers and the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and published at least two instructional books, including Making an Etching 1930. West was a member of the Society of American Etchers and the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and published at least two instructional books, including Making an Etching 1930.
He was also a skilled watercolorist. Born Levon West, he moved throughout North Dakota during his youth, as his father was a Congregational preacher. He was represented by Kennedy Gallery in New York City. Levon West, who also used the name Ivan Dimitri, was born on February 3, 1900 in Centerville, North Dakota. Of the 139 photographers included, most are represented by a single picture. There are a number of elegant, pristine prints, including dye-transfer color images that have retained their vivid colors for a quarter century, but there are others that show how much films and printing papers have since improved. .