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Work of Revolutionary Artist Comes to Westport

WESTPORT, Conn. – The work of Louis Schanker is revolutionary, at least as far as the art world is concerned. Several of his original paintings are now on view at an exhibit at the Westport River Gallery .

Schanker was a founding member of “The Whitney Ten,” a group of early- to mid-20th century artists, including Adolph Gottlieb, Ilya Bolotowsky and Mark Rothko, who rebelled against the museum’s preference for American scene painting and social realism.

Schanker was “a radical among radicals,” according to the Westport River Gallery’s website. His “conglomerations of color-patches, among other things are bound to alienate no small part of the gallery-going public,” wrote the sympathetic critic Emily Genauer in 1935.

The Westport River Gallery exhibit, on view until July 31, was made possible with the assistance of Schanker’s nephew, Professor Lou Siegel, and Siegel's wife, Flo, and daughter, Bonnie Marcus, creator of the Bonnie Marcus Collection.

The Westport River Gallery is located at 1 Riverside Ave. in Westport.

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