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.

Robert Muller 1920–2003

Robert Müller was a pioneer of iron sculpture. Departing from the traditional exploration of the figure, Müller worked in increasingly abstract styles as his career evolved, eventually progressing towards multipiece metal assemblages. Beginning with meticulous draftsmanship and painted studies, he often formed pieces separately before assembling them into surreal objects and biomorphic forms.

Müller was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1920. He began his career working for artists Germaine Richier and Charles Otto Bänniger, who were major influences on Müller's early works. In 1949 he moved to Paris, where he began creating his iron sculptures and was introduced to Julio Gonzalez, another major influence. After the 1960s, Müller expanded his use of materials, applying his principles of construction to brass, bronze, and marble, in addition to iron. Müller's work has been widely exhibited throughout Switzerland; in 1956 he exhibited in the Venice Biennale and in 1959 his work was included in Documenta 2 in Kassel, Germany. His work is held in the collection of the Kunst Museum, Basel and the Kunst Museum, Soluthurn. The artist died in Viliers-le-Bel, France in 2003.

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