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.

Joyce Blunk 1924–2018

In her mixed media assemblages, Joyce Blunk enshrines found objects in wooden boxes or shelves, highlighting the symbolic meaning of everyday items. Blunk's compositions imbue her carefully selected objects with emotional significance and encourage deep thought from the viewer.

Joyce Blunk was born in Iowa in 1939. She holds a BA, MA and MFA from the University of Iowa. She is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a Millay Colony for the Arts residency, and three North Carolina Arts Council Visual Artist Fellowships. Her paintings and box sculptures have been widely exhibited throughout the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska, as well as in Mexico, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, England, Spain and the Republic of China. She is represented in the collections of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the New Britain Museum of American Art, and Western Carolina University. Blunk lives and works in Asheville, North Carolina.

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