Louis Schanker was involved in many of the protest movements of the art world during
the mid 20th century.
 "The Ten" was a group which protested the realist tendencies of
the Whitney Museum of Art in New York during the 1930's. He was also a founding
member of the American Abstract Artists and a member of Associated American Artists,
the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors, The Graphic Circle, and the International
 Graphical Arts Society, New York Artists and Painters, Many of these artist groups
attempted to gain legitimacy for "modern" or "abstract" and then "expressionist" art.  They
frequently had strong political links, others were more social and economic.  

I was one of the group who picketed the Whitney Museum, the Whitney dissenters, in 1936. 
And I picketed the Modern Museum with the American Abstract Artists in the thirties, too.
[Re:Artists Union] We used to picket and get chased by the cops.  I was arrested and brought to court,
 -- this was in the late thirties,  -- and we all gave names to the clerk, -- Pablo Picasso, Michelangelo,
Cezanne.  He put all the names in the court record.  It would be wonderful to see that record today.

                                       [ Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Parsons Interview, 1967]
*click to enlarge any image
The Ten Poster 
Spanish Auction

During the 30's and early 40's artists were fighting for their rights in the government
run WPA.  Below, left is one of the photos in Schanker's personal collection.  Many
parallels can be drawn between the economic plight of the artists of the 30's and 40's
and those of today. Art Work.  Schanker's experiences on the streets of New York
during this era are reflected in his work.


Artist Protest
Cops and Pickets  
 Cops and Pickets Oil
Cops and Pickets
woodblock print, 1939, 10.5" X 14.5"

Cops and Pickets
 oil,  1933, 36" X 28
Cop and Picket Print

Louis Schanker "Labor"
Cop and Picket
woodblock print, 1939, 11" X 8.5"
pencil sketch,©1933, 11 X8.5"
WPA 1920s-30s, AAA,
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