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Eli Levin papers, 1949-1984

Levin, Eli, 1938-

Painter, Printmaker, Sculptor


Collection Information

Size: 261 Items, (on 3 microfilm reels)

Summary: A resume; exhibition catalogs and announcements, ca. 1967-1983; clippings, ca. 1974-1983; illustrated letters from Levin to his father Meyer Levin and his stepmother, Tereska Levin, ca.1964-1974; a 73 p. typescript of Levin's recollections of his mother Mable Levin; poems, 1949; typescripts of Levin's essays on Arthur E. Haddock, Joseph Henry Sharp, the relationship between psychiatry and art, and contemporary Indian art; an undated transcript of Levin's interview with Fremont F. Ellis; a typescript of Meyer Levin's autobiography "In Love"; typescripts of Meyer Levin's essays on the 1977 Santa Fe Armory Show, his son Eli, and the Santa Fe art boom; price lists for works of art, 1973 and 1983; biographical data; a sketchbook, 1974-1984; and photographs and a photograph album of Levin and his paintings and sculpture.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, printmaker, and sculptor; Santa Fe, New Mexico. Levin first gained prominence as a painter with his "Bar Room" series, consisting of crowded bar room scenes with satirical undertones. He works in the tradition of the social realists often using egg tempra as his medium.


Lent for microfilming 1983 by Eli Levin, now known as Jo Basiste.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals returned to Eli Levin after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 3290 available for use at AAA's Washington, D.C. office, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Library; and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

Eli Levin papers, 1949-1984. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.