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.

Ron Schwerin b. 1940

In his nude portraits, Ron Schwerin evokes private moments of feminine languor, charged with an understated, yet powerful, eroticism. Executed in the manner of Balthus, these works are steeped in art history while exemplifying a particularly contemporary mode of beauty and sexuality and allowing the model's distinct personality to emerge. Ron Schwerin was born in 1940 in Pittsburgh, and received his BFA from the Pratt Institute, New York in 1962. He is a two-time recipient of the Prix de Rome scholarships and has exhibited widely across the United States.

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