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.

Reginald Case 1937–2009

Reginald Case is best known for his opulent monuments to American cultural iconography, from New York skyscrapers to Hollywood stars. These baroque constructions reference a mythic "golden age" of America: the jazz scene, Art Deco architecture, and the glamour of celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Fred Astaire, and Madonna. Case's sculptures are assembled from found and fabricated objects, evoking the fanastical and hermetic scenes created by Joseph Cornell, as well as the Pop aesthetic of Andy Warhol. Case's works can be seen as tributes to the accomplishments of American culture, or as critiques on their its superficiality.

Case was born in Watertown, New York in 1937. He studied at the State University of New York at Buffalo, received a BFA degree from San Francisco State University and his MFA from Boston University, where he studied with Robert Gwathmey and Walter Tandy Murch. Case later taught at Phillips Exeter Academy and Norfolk State College. His work is held in collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C., the British Museum, London, the Jewish Museum, New York, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. The artist died in 2009.

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