I want to bridge the gap between commercial and fine art. The processes and concepts are the same. It's just that one is directed at something and the other exists only for itself.

Peter Gee

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 and collected the work of a younger generation of artists whose aesthetic tendencies were in conversation with the historical holdings in his collection. 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.

Peter Gee 1932–2005

Peter Gee was a British artist, graphic designer, and developer best known for his Pop silkscreen prints. He joined the army as a graphic designer and attended the Martin School of Art in London. His work was exhibited at the Axiom Gallery in London and the Denise René Gallery in Paris in the 1950's. Gee moved to New York in 1962 and immediately joined the Pop art circle of artists. His posters and prints were exhibited in the Word and Image show in 1968 at the Museum of Modern Art alongside works by Andy Warhol and Robert Indiana. His work was featured on the cover of Time magazine during the 1960's and 1970's, and he designed packaging and posters for fashion designers such as Betsy Johnson. He also taught color theory workshops at The School of Visual Art, New York, The Rhode Island School of Design, and Harvard University. Later, he renovated and restored historic buildings in SoHo and Tribeca, such as the Puck Building. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan, The Smithsonian, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He died in 2005.

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