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January 9, 2014


Filed under: Louis Schanker — Tags: — jherzlinger @ 6:28 am

I was recently in a gallery in The City that had beautiful woodcuts.  Woodcuts are really quite interesting when you think how they are made and the printing technique that goes into them. I have put two into the post so you can see by changing the paint how it changes the same image.

I was not familiar with this artist , so I am bringing  you a bit about his work and himself today!




Louis Schanker was born in the Bronx in 1903. He studied art at The Cooper Union, the Educational Alliance, and the Art Students League, and traveled through Europe from 1931 to 1933. During the 1930s, Schanker

supervised several artists in the New York City mural division of the WPA. His own work included a large project in the lobby of WNYC Radio in the Municipal Building, a series of circus murals at a children’s hospital, and a mural in

the Science and Health Building at the 1939 World’s Fair. He was one of the founders of the Associated American Artists and was also a founding member of “The Ten: Whitney Dissenters,” a group protesting the museum’s preference

for American Scene painting and Social Realism. Ilya Bolotowsky, Mark Rothko, and Adolph Gottlieb were also part of the group, which actually began with nine members. An innovator inwoodcuts and printmaking, he was also a sculptor.

Starting in 1949, he had a home in Sag Harbor, and many of his sculptures came from local trees that had been cut for firewood there. In 1962, Schanker married the noted blues singer Libby Holman, and they soon purchased “Dune House”

off Further Lane in East Hampton, though he continued to work at the studio in Sag Harbor until he sold the building in the mid-1970s. He divided his time among New York City, East Hampton, and Stamford, Connecticut, until his death in 1981.


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