The late Allan Stone, who passed away in 2006, had an unfailing eye which encompassed not only the giants of contemporary 20th century art, but tribal and folk art, design, urban architectural artifacts and almost anything else which aroused his visual senses. Stone’s first foray into the art world was in the 1950s, when, in addition to his career as a lawyer on Wall Street, he began to dispense free legal advice to artists. By 1960, Stone had opened his own gallery on 86th Street, later moving to a carriage house on East 90th Street, which was celebrated for its commanding exhibitions and superb catalogues for artists such as Joseph Cornell, John Graham and Barnett Newman.
“Art world” may be too confining a phrase to describe the world of Allan Stone’s visual universe. His business was “art dealing” but that term, too, does not go far enough to reflect the work of an individual whose propensity to collect far outstripped his desire to sell. He bought works by artists long before they rose to prominence, filling his Westchester home with the fruits of his passions. With a keen sense of intuition and a diverse range of interests, Mr. Stone amassed one of the largest collections of tribal art, Bugatti cars, Gaudi furniture and American folk art in recent history.