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Big Bridge #10, 29 April 2006 [cached]
What Ever Became of Gilbert Stone?
While still a teenager, he painted a crucifixion from the deep perspective of blue pigments.
I last saw Gilbert in the mid-1970s, when, driving down from Cambridge, I stopped at the farmhouse north of New York City they had made their home, converting a barn into a studio.What's trapped in my mind was that the transformation into apes also occurs in Talmudic versions of the Tower of Babel story, in which the builders were changed into 'apes, ghosts, spirits, and demons.' We can similarly understand the appellation 'God's ape' which was used to characterize the artist in the Renaissance, from Villani to Shakespeare.A denigration in antiquity, it became a title conveying high praise in the Renaissance ... meaning he had for a pet a monkey in a cage.
A few years later, I was living above a storefront in San Francisco's Mission District occupied by a musician whose drums would explode up through my floor.On one of those head-banging evenings I phoned Gilbert to ask if he'd like to illustrate some poems I had written during my last trip to New York.Carol, his wife, answered.Gilbert wasn't home.To my inquiry, she said, "Gilbert has a patron and is very busy."His patron was the publisher of Penthouse.
While Gilbert trained himself in the tradition of the Renaissance Masters, becoming one of the best draftsmen in the world, New York was in the throes of Minimal Art.This, and because of his successful career in commercial art--he loved things that money can buy--, he was ignored by the critics whose approval he needed to historicize his work.It must have been disheartening and immensely depressing to have seen artists a generation younger than him, whose only talent was for surfing the current, gaining almost instant recognition, and wealth, from critics, galleries, and collectors.
Now I will try to contact Gilbert again.As he had illustrated stories for Playboy, I query the magazine, and receive this terse reply: "The artist Gil Stone is deceased."
He is no longer painting, but is now a musician.I ask him: Have you stopped painting?He says that he has.Then I tell him that I wrote Playboy to find his whereabouts, only to receive word that he is deceased.Hearing this, he looks surprised; then laughs.
The School of Visual Arts, where Gilbert taught for some 20 years, sends me Carol's address.But it's her brother who replies:
Jean went on to say that, during one of their kitchen conversations, Gilbert told her: "I got one up on the devil because the devil doesn't have a sense of humor."
There was Gilbert, doubled over in hysterics, feeding his muse's insatiable imagination.
Gilbert Stone was one of the first persons in the US to die from AIDS
Later I studied with Gilbert ..., 21 Jan 2010 [cached]
Later I studied with Gilbert Stone, a prominent illustrator and professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Grapefruit Moon Gallery: Search Results, 23 Nov 2008 [cached]
Gilbert Stone Grapefruit Moon Gallery: Search Results
Artist: Gilbert Stone
A modern, inventive, and vertically compressed nude by the New York artist Gilbert Stone dated 1978 and signed by the artist.
Gilbert Stone Award, ..., 1 Jan 1997 [cached]
Gilbert Stone Award, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
Gilbert ..., 6 June 2013 [cached]
Gilbert Stone Artist:
A modern, inventive, and vertically compressed nude by the New York artist Gilbert Stone dated 1978 and signed by the artist.
Above: Framed in simple period 1970's gold metal frame
The model was the artist's wife Carol, who, like the artist, sadly died young. Before his career was cut short by his death in 1984 Stone's work was exhibited around the world and included in public and private collections like the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Collection at the Smithsonian Institution, and the Brooklyn Museum. In 1965, Gilbert was awarded the distinguished Prix de Roma for painting, which was renewed in 1966, affording him a two-year residency in Rome, with a studio at the American Academy in Rome. When the fellowship was fulfilled, he and his family returned to Brooklyn.
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