SUZY MENKES

SUZY MENKES

Norman and Norah Stone started collecting art more than 30 years ago. In their own words, “discovery and learning” were the guiding motivators behind their collecting, and their identification and support of emerging talent early on has netted them some of the best works by artists like Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, and Sigmar Polke. The Stones have also turned their eyes toward the past, collecting works by Duchamp, Warhol, and others who have, as the Stones point out, “indelibly marked and influenced the history of 20th-century art.” They have a 17-acre property in Napa, called Stonescape, where they show their collection. It includes a Cady Noland cabin, an “art cave” with exhibition galleries, and a James Turrell installation involving an infinity pool. How to spot the Stones at an art fair? Look for the couple with the natty, extroverted outfits.

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Norah and Norman Stone

Location:
California; Napa Valley, California; San Francisco

Source of wealth:
Psychology, law (retired), and private investments

Collecting area:
Contemporary art

Top 200 appearance:
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Fun fact:

Though the couple collects together, they each cite a different piece as their favorite acquisition. Norman’s is a recent purchase, Self-Portrait (Swimming Pool) by Alex Israel. Norah’s is a Jeff Koons, Gazing Ball (Antinous-Dionysus).