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.

James Bohary b. 1940

James Bohary is a contemporary painter working in the tradition of Abstract Expressionism. His signature use of thick paint, gestural marks, and vivid color exemplifies his mastery of the New York School's techniques. Predominantly concerned with materiality, Bohary experiments with layers of under-paint, dripping, splattering, and rhythmic painting. His inspirations derive from the natural landscape: the hills and rivers of upstate New York, the beaches of Puerto Rico, and the greenery of Newfoundland, Canada. By distilling memories of these scenic landscapes, Bohary pulls from unconscious and conscious experiences to create works of intense energy. In addition to the Abstract Expressionists, Bohary counts prehistoric art, Rembrandt and Cézanne among his influences.

Bohary was born in Brooklyn in 1940 to an English mother and an Indonesian father. He took graphic design classes at the School of Visual Arts, New York and graduated from New York University in 1968. He attended the New York Studio School in 1969, where he studied painting under Philip Guston. He has had numerous solo exhibitions and his work is represented in collections including The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C, the Hood Museum of Art and Greenville Art Center, among others. He was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant in 1983, an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1985 and the recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 1999. He has taught art at Parsons School of Fine Arts, New York and the New York Studio School, and is currently a Professor of Studio Art at Binghamton University, New York.

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