- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 19, 2006

PURCHASE, N.Y. (AP) Allan Stone, who used his Manhattan gallery, his obsessive collecting and his exuberant personality to encourage emerging artists while becoming an expert in abstract expressionism, died Dec. 15 in his sleep at his home. He was 74.

His daughter, Jeremy Stone, said her father had not been ill and had planned to travel to her home in San Francisco for Christmas.

A graduate of Harvard College and Boston University Law School, Mr. Stone was a practicing lawyer in his late 20s when he decided to switch careers and open a gallery. He had bought a Willem de Kooning drawing for $250 while at Harvard, a purchase that prompted his father to cut off funds for a while.

He championed many artists who became famous, including Mr. de Kooning, Barnett Newman and Joseph Cornell, and was among the first to show Richard Estes and Wayne Thiebaud. He represented Mr. Thiebaud for 45 years.

Another of Mr. Stone’s six daughters, Claudia Stone, who directs the Allan Stone Gallery, said he offered a one-man show to Mr. Thiebaud at about the same time he offered a less-prestigious three-man show to Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Jasper Johns.

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