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Grand Salon

The Visionary Eye of Allan Stone

September 13 – November 10, 2018

Press Release

Allan Stone Projects is pleased to present Grand Salon: The Visionary Eye of Allan Stone from September 13 – November 10, 2018. Allan Stone (1932-2006), the renowned dealer and collector, amassed one of the most expansive private collections in the history of contemporary art. The exhibition celebrates Stone’s voracious appetite for acquiring works by artists who eventually became icons of the era, such as Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline, as well as lesser-known artists of significant talent such as Richard Hickam and Peter Dean. Fine art objects across all media are included in the exhibition which illuminate Stone’s passion for collecting. “It’s all about vibrations, the vibrations I sense when I see a truly great work of art. To me, the real thing gives off the right energy.”*


Stone’s commitment to supporting new talent resulted in over three hundred exhibitions in his gallery, which he opened in 1960. He gave first or early shows to Wayne Thiebaud (1962), Eva Hesse (1963), Jack Whitten (1965), Richard Estes (1968) in addition to masters such as John Chamberlain, Joseph Cornell and Alfred Leslie. While some artists went on to achieve international recognition, Stone championed over one hundred and fifty emerging artists in his career as a gallerist. He formed strong relationships akin to that of a patron with artists such as Robert Baribeau, David Beck and Lorraine Shemesh, whom he represented for decades.


Stone’s origins as a collector began with his first purchase of a Willem de Kooning drawing when he was a freshman at Harvard University. As a student, the purchase was a significant risk. De Kooning was not yet a household name, yet Stone acted on his instincts and collected what he loved. He applied that same fervor to numerous artists to whom he gave strong encouragement. Stone was known for his innovative exhibitions that often featured established and lesser-known artists in conjunction with each other, creating new dialogues between them and their different perspectives. Professionally as well as personally, Stone sustained an authentic reaction to art and its potential to change and enhance life throughout his illustrious career.

 

Artists in the exhibition include James P. Aponovich, Robert Baribeau, David Beck, William Beckman, Barton Benes, Dennis Clive, Barry Cohen, Gordon Cook, Joseph Cornell, Rebecca Cuming, Willem de Kooning, Peter Dean, George Deem, Thomas Downing, Steven Durkee, Richard Estes, Victoria Fairbanks, Peter Gee, John Gibson, John Graham, Dorothy Grebenak, Derrick Guild, James Havard, Kazuko Inoue, Franz Kline, Bernard Langlais, Don Nice, Wayne Nowack, Guy Pène du Bois, Philadelphia Wire Man, Edith Schloss, Lorraine Shemesh, Roy Superior, Wayne Thiebaud, Domenick Turturro, John Vickery and James Wenkle. 

 

Online with Sotheby’s

 

In celebration of Grand Salon, Allan Stone Projects is very pleased to announce its collaboration with Sotheby’s in offering works by artists featured in the exhibition for sale in two online auctions.

 

In Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Online Sale of September 13, works by Willem de Kooning, Wayne Thiebaud, Jack Whitten, Kazuko Inoue and John Vickery will be available. Bidding will be live from September 13 – 28. In December, Sotheby’s will present a single-owner sale of approximately 80 pieces from the Collection of Allan Stone that will feature works by all of the artists presented in Grand Salon.