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.

We never really perceive what color really is, as it physically is. This fact makes color the most relative medium in art.

Josef Albers

Josef Albers 1888–1976

From a young age, Josef Albers possessed an innate interest in glass and color. His father was a painter, and as a child, Albers loved to watch his father create. Albers commenced his formal training in art under the Dutch glass artist Jan Thorn-Prikker, who was a former follower of Henry Van der Velde. Beginning his studies at the Bauhaus in 1920, Albers quickly became involved in new experimentations in glass and painting. While he was a student, Albers began dating Anni Fleischmann, a talented student in textiles at the Bauhaus and in 1925 the two married. That same year, Josef became the Bauhaus master, the first student to hold the position.

The Albers moved to the United States in 1933, leaving Germany due to the rise of the Nazi Party. The architect, Philip Johnson recommended Josef Albers for a position at the newly formed Black Mountain College. Albers headed the progressive school’s art program and while director he taught many of the most celebrated American artists of the twentieth century, including Ruth Asawa, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Serra, Robert Motherwell, Kenneth Noland, and others. In 1949, Albers left Black Mountain College to serve as the Chairman of the Design department at Yale. It was there that he executed his most famous series of paintings entitled Homage to a Square.

Throughout the 1960s, Albers received several commissions to craft murals for new architectural projects; notably, in 1963, he completed a monumental abstract mural for the Pan Am building in New York. In 1971, five years before his death, Albers was the first living artist to be honored with a retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Auction Results Josef Albers

JOSEF ALBERS, Portfolio I Folder 28 from Formulation : Articulation | ragoarts.com

Josef Albers

Portfolio I Folder 28 from Formulation : Articulation
estimate: $800–1,200
result: $875

JOSEF ALBERS, Portfolio I Folder 28 from Formulation : Articulation | ragoarts.com

Josef Albers

Portfolio I Folder 28 from Formulation : Articulation
estimate: $800–1,200
result: $750

JOSEF ALBERS, Portfolio I Folder 3 from Formulation : Articulation (two works) | ragoarts.com

Josef Albers

Portfolio I Folder 3 from Formulation : Articulation (two works)
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $938

JOSEF ALBERS, Portfolio II Folder 23 from Formulation: Articulation | ragoarts.com

Josef Albers

Portfolio II Folder 23 from Formulation: Articulation
estimate: $1,200–1,800
result: $1,063

JOSEF ALBERS, Portfolio II Folder 25 from Formulation: Articulation | ragoarts.com

Josef Albers

Portfolio II Folder 25 from Formulation: Articulation
estimate: $1,200–1,800

JOSEF ALBERS, WLS III from White Line Squares (Series I) | ragoarts.com

Josef Albers

WLS III from White Line Squares (Series I)
estimate: $3,500–4,500
result: $5,000

JOSEF ALBERS, Formulation: Articulation (Portfolio 1, Folder 10) | ragoarts.com

Josef Albers

Formulation: Articulation (Portfolio 1, Folder 10)
estimate: $800–1,000
result: $563

JOSEF ALBERS, Portfolio II Folder 25 from Formulation: Articulation | ragoarts.com

Josef Albers

Portfolio II Folder 25 from Formulation: Articulation
estimate: $400–600
result: $715

JOSEF ALBERS, I-S Va 3 (from Six Variants) | ragoarts.com

Josef Albers

I-S Va 3 (from Six Variants)
estimate: $700–900
result: $2,250

JOSEF ALBERS, Formulation: Articulations proofs | ragoarts.com

Josef Albers

Formulation: Articulations proofs
estimate: $1,000–1,500

JOSEF ALBERS, Folio II / Folder 2 (from the Formulation : Articulation portfolio) | ragoarts.com

Josef Albers

Folio II / Folder 2 (from the Formulation : Articulation portfolio)
estimate: $1,200–1,800
result: $813

JOSEF ALBERS, Folio II / Folder 15 (from the Formulation : Articulation portfolio) | ragoarts.com

Josef Albers

Folio II / Folder 15 (from the Formulation : Articulation portfolio)
estimate: $1,200–1,800
result: $750

JOSEF ALBERS, Folio II / Folder 29 (from the Formulation : Articulation portfolio) | ragoarts.com

Josef Albers

Folio II / Folder 29 (from the Formulation : Articulation portfolio)
estimate: $1,200–1,800
result: $715

JOSEF ALBERS, Folio II / Folder 17 (from the Formulation : Articulation portfolio) | ragoarts.com

Josef Albers

Folio II / Folder 17 (from the Formulation : Articulation portfolio)
estimate: $1,200–1,800
result: $780

JOSEF ALBERS, Folio II / Folder 21 (from the Formulation : Articulation portfolio) | ragoarts.com

Josef Albers

Folio II / Folder 21 (from the Formulation : Articulation portfolio)
estimate: $1,200–1,800

JOSEF ALBERS, Folio II / Folder 33 and Folio II / Folder 19 (from the Formulation : Articulation portfolio) | ragoarts.com

Josef Albers

Folio II / Folder 33 and Folio II / Folder 19 (from the Formulation : Articulation portfolio)
estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $2,250

JOSEF ALBERS, Olympische Spiele München | ragoarts.com

Josef Albers

Olympische Spiele München
estimate: $500–700
result: $2,000

JOSEF ALBERS, The Interaction of Color | ragoarts.com

Josef Albers

The Interaction of Color
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $5,625

JOSEF ALBERS, I-S VV II | ragoarts.com

Josef Albers

I-S VV II
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $2,250

JOSEF ALBERS, WEG XI | ragoarts.com

Josef Albers

WEG XI
estimate: $1,500–2,500
result: $2,000

JOSEF ALBERS, Reserved (from Homage to the Square: Ten Works by Josef Albers) | ragoarts.com

Josef Albers

Reserved (from Homage to the Square: Ten Works by Josef Albers)
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $813

JOSEF ALBERS, SK-ED from the Homage to the Square series | ragoarts.com

Josef Albers

SK-ED from the Homage to the Square series
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $975