Susan Teller Gallery

Louis Schanker: Woodcuts on Paper, Plaster, and Wood

COVER SUSAN TELLER Schanker, Abstract La

Louis Schanker: Woodcuts on Paper, Plaster, and Wood

Download PDF Worklist

Louis Schanker (1903-1981) was a master of mid-twentieth century American modernist printmaking. Also a sculptor and painter, his approach was consistently innovative. Just in this group of works it is clear that each subject required its own approach to the medium – here the woodcut. He also made intaglios and monotypes.

In the early days of the New Deal programs Schanker was co-director (with Lynd Ward) of the NYC Relief Division of the printmaking programs, made murals for public buildings, and was one of the Ten Whitney Dissenters. (Although he had a picture on view in the museum at the time.) In the 1940s he taught at the New School for Social Research and through that had a role at Stanley William Hayter’s Atelier 17. In 1949 he began teaching at Bard College where he stayed until his retirement.

- Susan Teller, April, 2020

Image: Louis Schanker, Abstract Landscape, 1945

tellerwall.jpg

In all of this work he (Louis Schanker) seeks to express new relationships between organic and geometric forms and objects in motion. The thrust and counter thrust of movement, whether in a polo game or in a repeated theme of music, take on fresh graphic meaning and enjoy free range of expression. An admirably independent artist, he aspires to impart to the observer a sense of participation, and to interpret in abstract but highly personal terms, the life about him.

-Una Johnson, Curator, Brooklyn Museum of Art exhibition catalogue, 1943

Louis Schanker

Abstract Landscape, 1945

Woodcut

13 x 30 inches

Louis Schanker

Abstract Landscape, 1945

Woodcut on plaster

13 x 30 inches

CONTEXT 1 SUSAN TELLER Louis Schanker by

Andrew Herman, Louis Schanker, 1936, made for Federal Art Project.

Louis Schanker

White Forms, 1948

Made from plaster matrix

10 x 26 inches

Louis Schanker

 Mythical Cock, 1948

Woodcut

19 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches

Louis Schanker

Mythical Cock, 1948 

Counter proof of woodcut on the back of the block for the print, with hand-work 

21 x 23 inches including the 'frame.'

Louis Schanker

Man at Piano, 1936

Woodcut

8 3/4 x 6 inches

Louis Schanker

Football (Dark), 1940

Trial proof of woodcut

10 1/4 x 14 inches

Louis Schanker

Football/Forms in Action, 1938

Watercolor preparatory study for both woodcut subjects

13 x 15 inches, sheet size

Louis Schanker

Forms in Action, 1941

Woodcut

10 x 14 inches

Louis Schanker

In the early days of the New Deal programs Schanker was co-director (with Lynd Ward) of the NYC Relief Division of the printmaking programs, made murals for public buildings, and was one of the Ten Whitney Dissenters. (Although he had a picture on view in the museum at the time.) In the 1940s he taught at the New School for Social Research and through that had a role at Stanley William Hayter’s Atelier 17. In 1949 he began teaching at Bard College where he stayed until his retirement.

Full Biography

Susan Teller Gallery can be reached at:

phone: +1 212-941-7335
email: info@susantellergallery.com

Or visit online at www.susantellergallery.com