Edvins Strautmanis (American, 1933-1992)
Snow Seal, 1974; Acrylic on canvas; Signed, dated and titled; 102" x 90"; Exhibition: Edvins Strautmanis, Allan Stone Projects, New York, January 8 - March 21, 2015; Provenance: The artist; Allan Stone Gallery, New York
Sale Price: $5,938
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Signed, titled and dated to verso. Good condition with no apparent cracks or losses to paint. Surface soiling to corners of canvas.
Big Paintings from the Allan Stone Collection
Over the course of 50 years, the eminent art dealer and collector Allan Stone amassed a vast art collection of extraordinary diversity and depth. A self-proclaimed 'art-junkie', Stone was neither influenced by money nor swayed by opinion in the pursuit of art. He collected work that spoke to him.
His conviction was manifest from an early age. As a young Wall Street lawyer, he provided free legal advice to artists and befriended gallerists. In 1960, he opened his first gallery on East 82nd Street in Manhattan.
Stone was an early supporter and recognized authority on Abstract Expressionism, accumulating an unrivaled collection of work by Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Arshile Gorky, Jackson Pollock, among others. That said, Abstract Expressionism and the New York School were hardly his only focus; Stone's tastes were famously wide-ranging. He was equally drawn to photorealism, mixed media sculpture, tribal and folk art and Americana as well as Bugatti automobiles - all of which he exhibited in his gallery.
The Allan Stone Gallery was famous for welcoming artists into its fold whom others had turned away, among them Wayne Thiebaud and Richard Estes. A proponent of young talent, Stone is credited with giving many emerging artists their starts. He was instrumental in the early careers of Eva Hesse, Lorraine Shemesh, Stephen Cornelius Roberts, James Grashow and John Gibson, among others. Lorraine Shemesh, remembering Stone's process for choosing pieces, stated, "He could make a visual decision very quickly. It was like love at first sight. He trusted his instincts."
The portrait of Stone painted in words by the artists who knew him depict a man devoted to family, friends and art, an expansive person with great humor, passion, integrity and the true collector's lust for the objects he most admired. In "The Collector", a documentary about Stone (made by his daughter Olympia), Stone recalls long periods when he went without getting "buzzed" by a work of art, only to see something he loved and think, "Thank god, it's still alive."
We are gratified to represent pieces owned by a collector whom we so admire. A selection of some of the work loved by Allan Stone, from the Allan Stone Collection, follows.
The preview exhibition for paintings from the "Living Large" section of this sale is divided between two locations: at Rago, 333 North Main Street and at Allan Stone Projects, 535 W. 22nd St, 3rd Fl, New York, 10011.
Lots 623, 624, 625, 627, 630, 633, 634, 635, 638, 639, 640, 641, 642, 643 and 644 will be on exhibition and available for viewing at Rago from April 27-May 3. Viewing hours are 12 noon – 5 pm.
Lots 616, 617, 618, 619, 620, 621, 622, 626, 628, 629, 631, 632, 636 and 637 will be on exhibition and available for viewing at Allan Stone Projects in New York from April 4th through May 11th. Viewing hours are Tuesday – Friday, 10 am – 6 pm and Saturday 11am – 5 pm. These works will not be part of the auction preview in Lambertville, NJ at Rago.
A shipping credit of $250 is offered for lots 616-644. This credit may be used towards shipping only and cannot be applied to the invoice for the lot. Sold works will be available to buyers for collection in Lambertville after May 17th.