Unsung Heroines 1967 – 1996

Women Artists from the Allan Stone Collection

The present lot is among the powerful selection of works by women artists from the Allan Stone Collection. Not only was Allan Stone a pioneering supporter of Abstract Expressionism and emerging artists, he also celebrated works by women who were forging new ground in the world of art, often without the support or recognition of the larger art community. Driven by personal experience and the need for expression, these women created inventive works exploring politics, gender roles, storytelling, abstraction and art history.  

He could make a visual decision very quickly. It was like love at first sight. He trusted his instincts.

Lorraine Shemesh

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.

Susan Hauptman 1947–2015

Susan Hauptman was an artist who solely worked in charcoal or pastel on paper. She is known for her life size self-portraits and still lifes, depicting imagery that is almost photographic in usually grey or sepia tones. Her self-portraits, self-assured and direct, often challenge notions of traditional feminine identity and embrace androgyny or inverted gender roles. Hauptman almost always wears no make-up, sports a short haircut, and juxtaposes these gender-neutral choices with feminine outfits such as ballerina dresses and ruffled skirts. These works display Hauptman’s technical mastery in drawing and explore the artist’s journey of self-discovery.

Susan Hauptman was born in Michigan in 1947. She received her BFA from the University of Michigan and her MFA from the Wayne State University in Detroit. She has shown widely in the United States, and her work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, Corcoran Gallery, Washington D.C, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR, and the Norton Gallery of Art, FL. She has received grants from teh National Endowment for the Arts, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation. She held the Lamar-Dodd Professorial Chair at the University of Georgia from 1997-2000. She died in 2015 in New York.

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