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Abstract Man

1936 Louis Schanker Born: New York, New York 1903 Died: 1981 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 1986.92.80 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 49B

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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.



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wood - applewood