Black and White

  • Louis Schanker, Black and White, 1964, birch, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Louis Schanker, 1968.136

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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.

Title
Black and White
Artists
Date
1964
On View
Dimensions
25 1/4 x 11 3/8 x 10 7/8 in. (64.0 x 28.8 x 27.6 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Louis Schanker

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
1968.136
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