“It’s an addiction ... the art experience for me is like a narcotic ... and I don't get it from everything, but I keep looking for it.”

— Allan Stone

About the Film

The Collector explores the 46-year career of Allan Stone, the famed New York City gallery owner and art collector. Producer and director Olympia Stone reveals her father’s compulsive collecting genius while telling the parallel story of his lifelong journey through the art world from the 1950s to 2006. Viewers are taken on an extraordinary path inside one man’s obsessive submersion in art and its influence on the artists, art dealers and family members with whom he worked and lived.

“To say that the house is full is perhaps an understatement: as the camera pans from wall to wall, from ceiling to floor, it stops at paintings by Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Barnett Newman and Wayne Thiebaud; sculptures by César, Arman, John Chamberlain, James Grashow and David Beck; a tribe of African fetish pieces. The only bare spots are the paths that link the endless rooms, like trails hacked through a nearly impenetrable jungle.”

– KATHRYN SHATTUCK, The New York Times, February 10, 2007

“The Collector is an amusing look at the life of a unique human who lived life to the fullest ... a charming tribute.”

— V.A. Musetto, New York Post


Compulsive Collector Charmingly Captured
New York Post – April 27, 2007

The Collector
Time Out New York – April 26, 2007

A Famously Sharp Eye, and Appetite, for Artistic Masterpieces
The New York Times – April 25, 2007

'The Collector': the man who loved art
AM New York – April 25, 2007

In a Daughter’s Film Tribute, a Celebration of a life Lived Through Art
The New York Times – February 10, 2007

A Eulogy for the Ultimate Collector
The New York Sun – January 26, 2007

Art Dealer, Abstract Expressionism Expert
The San Franscisco Chronicle – January 5, 2007

Noted Art Dealer and Collector, Dies at 74
The New York Times – December 18, 2006

Allan Stone
artnet.com – December 18, 2006

Waking up Screaming
The New Mexican – December 2, 2006

“An affectionate and intelligent bio.”

— Joe Leydon, Variety





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