Black and White

Media - 1968.136 - SAAM-1968.136_1 - 56388
Copied Louis Schanker, Black and White, 1964, wood: birch, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Louis Schanker, 1968.136

Artwork Details

Title
Black and White
Date
1964
Dimensions
25 1411 3810 78 in. (64.028.827.6 cm.)
Credit Line
Gift of Louis Schanker
Mediums
Mediums Description
wood: birch
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
1968.136

Artwork Description

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.