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Abstractions: The Woodblock Color Prints of Louis Schanker

DATES October 1, 1943 through November 7, 1943
COLLECTIONS American Art
  • July 25, 1943: An exhibition of prints entitled, Abstractions, The Woodblock Color Prints of Louis Schanker, opens at the Brooklyn Museum’s Print Gallery October 1 and is current through November 7.

    Schanker’s entire work of more than forty prints with drawings and several sculptural reliefs is shown. His prints, wholly contemporary in design, color and form lend themselves to modern interiors. A number of his abstract designs might be used on decorative screens and panels with unusual effects. Others have many immediate possibilities for adaptations in textiles, wall papers, etc.

    In the present day discussion of the artist’s place and part in post-war living, Schanker’s work presents many practicable ways of utilizing modern creative effort.

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1942 - 1946. 7-9/1943, 120. View Original
  • July 25, 1943: An exhibition, “Abstractions, The Woodblock Color Prints of Louis Schanker,” opens in the Print Gallery of the Brooklyn Museum on October 1 and is current through November 7.

    Born in New York, Schanker, as a youth, travelled with one of America’s well-known circuses. He has been a harvest hand in the wheatfields of Canada and the Dakotas, “gandy dancer” on the Erie Railroad, stevedore on Great Lakes steamers. For nearly a year, travelling on freight trains some fifteen thousand miles throughout the United States, he cast his lot with hoboes. More recently he has worked as a shiplifter for the Federal Ship Yard.

    His entire graphic work, consisting of more than forty prints, is wholly contemporary in design, color and form. His abstractions are characterized by an unusual commingling of range and restraint, boldness of line and plastic use of color.

    Included in the exhibition are numerous trial proofs, drawings and several sculptural reliefs. Although most of the material in the exhibition is lent by the artist, a number of prints are from the Museum’s collection.

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1942 - 1946. 7-9/1943, 121. View Original
Abstractions: The Woodblock Color Prints of Louis Schanker