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.

Jay Rosenblum 1933–1989

Jay Rosenblum began his career painting flower-like clusters of color that evolved into the vertical bands for which he is best known. Painting stripes in a serial fashion, Rosenblum’s canvases incorporate vertical blocks of color that oscillate across the canvas like a prism revealing the visible spectrum of light. While each formation is unique, certain colors are favored, including shades of mauve, warm oranges, bright yellows, berry-like reds, and lush greens. Influences of shape found in the work of Ellsworth Kelly are coupled with the “zips” of Barnett Newman and the pigment-rich blots of Morris Louis. Referring to his work as “free associations of color development,” Rosenblum was also influenced by chamber music sonatas. Rosenblum’s compositions, rigid but lyrical, evoke the grand and controlled compositions of music meant for concert halls

Jay Rosenblum was born in the Bronx in 1933. A graduate of the High School of Music and Art, Rosenblum went on to study at Pratt Institute (1951-53), Bard College (1953-55) and the Cranbrook Academy of Fine Arts (1955-56). His work was shown extensively during the 1950s, 60s and 70s, including exhibitions at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, and Allan Stone Gallery, New York. He was awarded the Carlos Lopez Memorial Prize in Painting from the Detroit Institute of Arts in 1955 and the Painter of the Year Award by Larry Aldrich in 1970. Rosenblum’s work is held in the collections of institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. Rosenblum died at the age of fifty-six in a biking accident in New York City.

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