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.
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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,
The TenAtelier 17