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.

Rebecca Cuming b. 1956

Rebecca Cuming's ethereal paintings hover between abstraction and representation. Inspired by nature and landscape, her subject matter includes butterflies, fruit and flowers. Cuming approaches this imagery with a delicate hand, and her subtle abstractions comment on the conventional associations between nature and femininity.

Cuming is originally from Middletown, New Jersey, and now lives and works in Broomfield, Colorado. She received her BFA in 1980 from the School of Visual Arts, and studied at the Art Students League in Manhattan and the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Her work has been exhibited at the National Gallery, the Sumner Museum and the Senate Building in Washington, DC, as well as the The State Capitol, Denver, CO; the Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, CO; Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, CO; and Dairy Arts Center, Boulder, CO, among others.

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