Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Modern Artists' Link to Sarasota

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Modern Artists' Link to Sarasota

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OBITUARY: Allyn Gallup's widow says she will keep his gallery and vision alive

Allyn Gallup, a Sarasota gallery owner, died Friday after experiencing a massive stroke the previous evening.

Over the past two decades Gallup, 74, had established one of the area's most cutting-edge collections of modern art, connecting Sarasota to some of the nation's most prominent artists, including John Chamberlain and Robert Rauschenberg.

Gallup's wife, Sheila Moore, who has run Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art on Palm Avenue with her husband since 2001, said she is overwhelmed by her loss but has no intention of closing the gallery.

"We will still be continuing with our opening of Bruce Marsh's landscapes next week," Moore said, "and I intend to keep the door open long after that.

"It was his life's work after all. To me, it is a privilege to keep it going and still be a part of it. This will keep his legacy alive."

Moore said she received countless calls of condolences Friday. One who felt Gallup's loss keenly is Larry Thompson, president of the Ringling College of Art and Design.

"I'm shocked and devastated by this news," said Thompson. "Allyn loved, understood and was passionate about modern and contemporary art. He was passionate about the role the visual arts had in making Sarasota what it is today. He helped create that legacy and will always be a part of it. The college community and all lovers of art have lost a great friend today."

Gallup was born March 2, 1940, in Memphis, Tennessee and studied at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where he received a bachelor of arts degree. He went on to a successful banking career.

Gallup's father was a passionate collector of prints and one of the first patrons of the Associated American Artists gallery in New York City, where he purchased affordable prints by Reginald Marsh, Grant Wood and others.

Gallup followed in his father's footsteps during his career as a banker in New York City. While working in Citibank's private banking and fine arts management department, he became more involved with collectors and auction markets and developed a fascination for the art business. …

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