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Black and White

1964 Louis Schanker Born: New York, New York 1903 Died: 1981 wood: birch 25 1/4 x 11 3/8 x 10 7/8 in. (64.0 x 28.8 x 27.6 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Louis Schanker 1968.136 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 49B

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During the 1950s and 1960s, Louis Schanker moved away from the figurative references in his work and began making sculptures and paintings that were completely abstract. Black and White was carved from a solid piece of birchwood. The composition explores the relationship between the natural shape of the wood and the geometric form of the two spheres. Schanker painted part of the piece black to create contrasts between the dark and light spheres, and the outside and inside of the wood.




wood - birch