Louis Schanker

American abstract artist Louis Schanker

Louis Schanker was an American abstract artist born in 1903. He grew up in an orthodox Jewish environment in the Bronx, New York. His parents were of Romanian descent. At an early age he had an interest in both art and music He took art courses at Cooper Union, The Educational Alliance and The Art Students League with Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko and Milton Avery amongst others. During this time he shared a coldwater studio with the Soyer brothers, Chaim Gross and Adolph Gottlieb.
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New York City
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New York City

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CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK; On a Treasure Hunt for Art Stashed Among the Books
NYTimes - almost 13 years
Could you borrow a painting or sculpture from your local library? It's not very likely. Libraries are, as conventional wisdom suggests, about books rather than art objects. Nevertheless, significant works of art have found their way into many libraries, some acquired by purchase but most by donation. A large case in point is the main building of
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ART REVIEWS; Inspiration From Motion, Nature and Abstraction
NYTimes - about 19 years
'All-Stars' Emily Lowe Gallery, Hofstra University, Hempstead. Through Dec. 18. 463-5672. This engaging selection of 66 prints from the prominent Manhattan collectors Reba and Dave Williams covers a host of sporting subjects, from possum hunting to polo. In artistic terms, the show is equally wide-ranging. The extremes are illustrated in the polo
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Treetops: An Aura of Glamour, a Trail of Tragedies
NYTimes - almost 21 years
IN florid prose, newspaper advertisements sing the praises of a neo-Georgian 30-room-plus mansion set on 110 acres lying in both Stamford and Greenwich. The property is replete with an art studio, four greenhouses, a two-story caretaker's cottage and hiking trails. A large-scale renovation in the 80's resulted in the elimination of a tennis court
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Art in Review
NYTimes - almost 21 years
'Modern American Artists in Paris in the 1920's and 1930's' Snyder Fine Art 20 West 57th Street Manhattan Through May 24 If Paris was a vital destination for American writers in the 1920's and 30's, it was also the mecca for venturesome American artists lured by the glamour of new ideas and the need to experience them firsthand. Among the visitors,
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Review/Art; Amid Depression Sorrow, a Celebratory Message
NYTimes - about 24 years
Six decades ago, with America in the grip of the Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal Administration began to pay artists to illuminate the walls of schools, hospitals and government waiting rooms. The artists weren't always top of the line, though some, like Stuart Davis, were among the best of their time. The work was often didactic, with
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East End Art and 'Art' On Auction Block
NYTimes - about 26 years
WHEN is an art auction not just a sale, but also a grand and daring show? When it is a first-ever, en masse celebration of Eastern Long Island's art colony, coupled with a chance to rediscover 100 years' worth of the region's unsung, overlooked or disappeared-from-view artists cheek-by-jowl with the world famous. The Lexington Avenue Armory in
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NYTimes - over 36 years
STAMFORD WORKS by Ceymour Fogel, Rhys Caparn and the late Louis Schanker comprise the show now running at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center under the title ''Three Connecticut Abstractionists'' (through Dec. 6). All achieved reputations early in their careers but fell back later on, except for Mr. Fogel, who had a solo in New York a year or so
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NYTimes - almost 37 years
Louis Schanker, a painter, printmaker and sculptor, and member of a ''protest'' group of artists in the 1930's that sought to make American art more experimental and international, died Thursday at Lenox Hill Hospital. He was 78 years old and had recently suffered a stroke. Mr. Schanker, throughout a career that spanned more than 50 years, worked
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  • 1981
    Age 78
    Just a few blocks from the hospital where he died in 1981 the Martin Diamond Gallery was holding a major show of his oils, sculpture and prints and his work was on exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
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  • 1978
    Age 75
    He continued to be an active part of the New York art scene with many group and solo exhibitions including two shows (1943 and 1974) at the Brooklyn Museum and a 1978 retrospective at the Associated American Artists.
  • 1960
    Age 57
    He married stage actress and singer Libby Holman on December 27, 1960.
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  • 1949
    Age 46
    Schanker moved into teaching, first at the New School for Social Research and then, from 1949 until his retirement, at Bard College.
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  • 1938
    Age 35
    In 1938, Art News declared that "Louis Schanker's delightful Street Scene From My Window calls forth admiration for its delicacy of color and kaleidoscopic forms in plane geometry."
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  • 1937
    Age 34
    By 1937, even the often hostile New York Times art critic Edward Alden Jewell softened to the artist.
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  • 1935
    Age 32
    Schanker was a radical among radicals. His "conglomerations of color-patches, among other things", wrote the sympathetic art critic Emily Genauer in 1935, "are bound to alienate no small part of the gallery-going public."
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  • 1933
    Age 30
    He had his first show in 1933 at the Contemporary Arts Gallery and first exhibited at the Whitney Museum in 1936.
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  • 1924
    Age 21
    Around 1924 he returned to New York, leased another studio and resumed his friendships and artwork.
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  • 1920
    Age 17
    In 1920 he traveled across the country.
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  • 1903
    Age 0
    Born in 1903.
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