Boston University School of Law
February 5, 2007
Allan Stone
Photo by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Allan Stone ('58) the Subject of Documentary "The Collector"

Allan Stone ('58), the late New York-based art gallery owner and art collector, is the subject of the upcoming documentary "The Collector," which explores his 46-year career.

In "The Collector," Olympia Stone sets out to understand her father's obsessive passion for art. Throughout the film, viewers are guided through nearly five decades of art history, from Abstract Expressionism to Pop Art’s emergence. Artists, art dealers, critics and family members reminisce upon the life of Stone, who passed away in December, 2006.

After graduating from BU Law and moving to New York to practice law, Stone spent much of his time giving free legal advice to artists like Elaine de Kooning. In 1960, Stone abandoned a legal career on Wall Street to open a Manhattan gallery showcasing the works of Abstract Expressionists and then-emerging artists such as Cesar and Wayne Thiebaud. A world-renowned art expert, Stone influenced the rise of New York City as the center of the international art world.

The Allan Stone Gallery, located in an old firehouse on East 90th Street in Manhattan, will continue under the direction of his daughter Claudia Stone.

"The Collector" premiered on January 24 at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, NY. For more information, visit the film's Web site.

Reported by Jane Coulter