Born: New York, New York 1903
carved and painted wood 22 x 4 3/4 x 5 in. (55.9 x 12.2 x 12.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 49B
Luce Center Label
Abstract Man was carved during the 1930s, when Louis Schanker first began combining abstract shapes with figurative forms. The piece makes a connection between his graphic work and his carved sculptures. He translated the spirals, curves, and geometric shapes of his woodcuts into three dimensions, creating a figure that evokes a primitive statue or a totem.
wood - applewood