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.

Alvin Hollingsworth 1928–2000

Alvin Hollingsworth was born in Harlem, New York in 1928 and began drawing at an early age. He worked on Holyoke Publishing's Cat-Man comics as a young man and attended the High School of Music & Art in New York (now, the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & the Arts). Hollingsworth was one of the first African American comic artists, drawing for Captain Aero Comics and Wings Comics, among others. By the 1970s, Hollingsworth had transitioned from comics to fine art. As a painter, his works addressed cultural and political topics, including the Civil Rights Movement, and the jazz and dance scenes of New York. In 1963 he established the Spiral Group, along with artist Romare Bearden, which aimed to advance the Civil Rights Movement through the arts. Hollingsworth taught at The City University of New York from 1980 to 1998. He died in Westchester, NewYork in 2000.

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