Following the successful May 2011 sales of volumes I and II, the third volume of works from the Collection of Allan Stone comes to Sotheby’s New York this autumn. Trained as a lawyer, but passionate about art, Mr. Stone opened his own gallery in 1960. He joined the ranks of influential New York dealers such as Leo Castelli and Sidney Janis, while blazing his own path with a unique selection of artists.
Mr. Stone was drawn to Abstract Expressionism and developed close relationships with Willem de Kooning, John Chamberlain and Alfred Leslie, among others. In the May sales, collectors demonstrated their abundant respect for the quality of Mr. Stone’s eye by keenly competing for works by these artists, including Nutcracker, 1958 which sold for $4,786,500, the auction record price for Chamberlain’s work. Stone’s most significant partnership was with Wayne Thiebaud. In 1961, he launched the California painter’s career with his first show in New York and their bi-coastal friendship lasted for over four decades. The works by Thiebaud to be offered in Volume III will reflect the historic span of their relationship, offering works from the 1960s to the 1990s.
When Thiebaud visited New York in 1961, his friend Robert Mallary had encouraged him to contact Allan Stone. Mallary, a pioneering sculptor, is among the artists from Mr. Stone’s exhibition program whose work will be included in the Sotheby’s sales of the legendary dealer’s collection for the first time. Each piece in the Collection of Allan Stone was selected with the careful eye of an inspired art lover, and Volume III provides a chance to acquire a piece from one of the 20th Century art world’s most talented and passionate figures.