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.

Randall Deihl

Randall Deihl was born in Sagniaw, Michigan in 1946 and attended the Detroit Institute of Arts and Crafts. Diehl was drafted into the Vietnam War, and afterwards attended the California Institute of Arts and Crafts where he received his BFA. Diehl then moved to New York where he worked as an illustrator for the New York Times. His paintings and political cartoons were exhibited in New York in the 1970s, and by the late 1970s he moved to western Massachusetts and befriended artists Gregory and Frances Gillespie who would form the Valley Realist Group with other artists in Northampton. He is well known for his realist paintings of Americana, from diners to baseball fields to bucolic landscapes. Nick's Nest is a diner he painted several times, and relates closely to Sweets, 1980, which is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection. His works are also in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Art Institute of Chicago, The National Portrait Gallery, among many others. He currently lives in Williamsburg, MA.

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