The Visionary Eye of Allan Stone

Allan Stone; Allan Stone Gallery, New York, c. 1975. Images courtesy of the Allan Stone Collection

Founded in 1960 by art dealer Allan Stone (1932–2006), the New York gallery known today as Allan Stone Projects has been admired for over half a century. Celebrated for its eclectic approach and early advocacy of pivotal artists of the 20th century, Allan Stone Gallery was a leading authority on Abstract Expressionism, the New York dealer for Wayne Thiebaud for over forty years, and showed the works of Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Arshile Gorky, Joseph Cornell, John Graham and John Chamberlain. Stone also promoted the work of a younger generation of artists that were in conversation with other artists in his collection, working in the mediums of assemblage, collage and new modes of abstraction. In addition to modern masterworks and contemporary art, Allan Stone also collected and exhibited international folk art, Americana and important decorative arts and industrial design.

Bernard Langlais 1921–1977

Maine artist Bernard Langlais represents a unique link between classicism and modernism, painting and sculpture, abstraction and representation. His prodigious oeuvre includes hundreds of sculptures and thousands of works on paper and canvas. The prolific artist, or ‘painter with wood,’ as he might have preferred, was master of a varied sculptural syntax — from the rhythmic intarsia inlaid abstract reliefs for which he first garnered acclaim in New York City, to the witty and heartfelt animals that have installed him permanently in the memory of Maine’s art history. Langlais showed his abstract relief assemblages to great success throughout the late 1950s and early 60s. In 1960, he was included in the watershed assemblage exhibition New Forms — New Media at the Martha Jackson Gallery, and he was soon enjoying a solo exhibition at the prestigious Leo Castelli and Allan Stone galleries in 1962. Langlais redefined his medium, using paint, burning, and staining to introduce more figurative qualities in his work. In 1966, he left New York and moved to Maine full time where Langlais embarked on an independent path towards the figurative. Langlais’ art came to be dominated by a menagerie of beasts, bears, fish and feathered-friends, and of course, his iconic lions. In Maine, with 85 acres of open space at his disposal, Langlais’ sculptures expanded, from canvas-to-wall-sized reliefs, to monumental outdoor statues rising into the sky around his home.

Bernard Langlais was born in 1921 in Old Town, Maine. He studied commercial art at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington D.C., and earned scholarships to the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Brooklyn Museum Art School, as well as a Fulbright Scholarship to study the paintings of artist Edvard Munch in Oslo. Langlais moved to New York in the 1950's but soon became disenchanted with the art scene in the 1960's, and purchased a farmhouse in Cushing, Maine where he lived and worked for the rest of his life. Langlais died in 1977.

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