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.

Robert Valdes b. 1942

Robert Valdes' moody explorations in painting suggests a kindred attachment to the subjects he depicts. The landscapes and objects Valdes paints are more reminiscent of classical painting than a contemporary viewpoint. Valdes is attuned with the sensibilities of painters of the Romantic Era of the eighteenth century, and also uses light and dark in a manner reminiscent of the chiaroscuro effect of Renaissance painting.

Valdes was born in the Bronx, New York in 1942. He studied at the Art Students League, the School of Visual Arts, and Parsons School of Design, New York. He has exhibited widely across the United States. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant and has participated in many artist residencies. His work is in the collections of the Neuberger Museum of Art, SUNY Purchase and the New York Public Library Print Collection, among others.

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