Cowan's is pleased to present a rare collection from the
legendary New York art dealer Allan Stone (1932-2006) of Funk and post-Funk
ceramics, with the most significant group of Arneson works to be offered at
auction. Stone was perhaps more of a collector than he was a merchant and when
shows did not sell, he usually bought all the work himself.
An expert on Abstract Expressionism, Stone was increasingly
drawn to outsider art, tribal artifacts and was an early champion of the junk
aesthetic and super-realist painters. Given his interest in the margins, it was
only a matter of time before he was drawn to the Bay Area in Southern
California, the rebellious Funk Art movement and, via Wayne Thiebaud, to Robert
The pieces featured in this auction mainly come from three
explorations; the biomorphic, sexual, vessel abstractions from 1963-4, his
bricks from 1965-69 and his phallic teapots from 1969.
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