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.

Richard Lethem b. 1932

Throughout Richard Lethem’s career, he has mixed the figurative and the abstract, eluding any particular category or school of painting. Much like Philip Guston and Willem de Kooning, Lethem channels an expressionist energy, allowing his intuitive impulses to drive his work.

Lethem was born in Missouri in 1932 and went on to earn his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1952 and his MFA at Columbia University in 1957. His work has been the subject of exhibitions at numerous galleries and institutions, including the Maine Jewish Museum, Portland, the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Maine and the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph, Michigan, among others. His work is held in collections such as the Pamona College Museum, Claremont, California, the Yaddo Foundation, Saratoga Springs, and Columbia University, New York. He currently lives and works in Bath, Maine.

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