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Stephen Kaltenbach

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Art Works (Sidewalk Plaque), 1968/2010 (Dates Are Based When Each One Is Cast Always With 1968 As The First Date) Bronze 37/100 5 X 8 X 1/2” © the artist and Bert Green Fine Art
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Wisdom, 1970 - Present Gold Plated Steel, Unknown Contents 3 X 3 X 3"
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Untitled (enclosed square garden) , 1967 © courtesy of the artist and Jack Hanley Gallery- New York
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© Courtesy of Another Year in LA
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Maquette, "Teach Art," Artforum ad, September 1969
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YOU ARE ME., 2011
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Open Before My Retrospective at MOCA in LA, 1970 - present Steel and Unknown Contents (time Capsule © Stephen Kaltenbach
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Modern Drapery, 1968 © Courtesy of the Artist and South London Gallery
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Humilis , 1970 - Present Burnished Steel, Unknown Contents 4 X 4 X 12" © Courtesy of the artist and Bert Green Fine Art
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Shadow Wall, Unique Work, 1965 Variable © Courtesy of the artist and Bert Green Fine Art
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ART WORKS, 1968 © Courtesy of the artist & The Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart
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Diminished Corner, State I, 1967 Ink and Acrylic on Vellum 19 X 23 3/4" © the artist and Bert Green Fine Art
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Nothing Is Revealed, 2011 Spray Paint on Stonehenge Paper A/P (ed 25) Framed 22 X 30" © the artist and Bert Green Fine Art
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Shadow Wall, I , 1970-present Graphite on Paper 18 X 24" © the artist and Bert Green Fine Art
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Vault , 1970 - Present Graphite on Paper 12 X 18" Framed © the artist and Bert Green Fine Art
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Installation view of Stephen Kaltenbach: Drawings, Time Capsules and Room Alterations, 2013 © Bert Green Fine Art, Chicago
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Installation view of Stephen Kaltenbach: Drawings, Time Capsules and Room Alterations, 2013 © Bert Green Fine Art, Chicago
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Esteemed Visitant , 1970 - Present Steel, Unknown Contents 5 X 5 X 5" © the artist and Bert Green Fine Art
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Caput , 1970 - Present Graphite on Paper 12 X 18" Framed © the artist and Bert Green Fine Art
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CAPUT, 2015 Anaglyphic Letterpress Print 16" X 22" © Stephen Kaltenbach
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Kleines Kloster, 1970 Steel and Unknown Contents 5 X 5 X 5 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist and Marlborough Chelsea
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Battle Creek, Michigan
Birth year
1940
Schools
University of California at Davis, 1966, BA
University of California at Davis, 1966, BA
Statement

Stephen Kaltenbach (born 1940) lives and works in California. A pioneering conceptual artist in the 1960s Kaltenbach participated in such landmark exhibitions as Harald Szeemann’s When Attitudes Become Form, Kynaston McShine’s Information and Lucy Lippard’s 955,000. He left New York and the art world in 1970 to becoming a professor and regionalist artist in California, while continuing to make conceptual work in secret. In recent years Kaltenbach has returned to the international art world amidst growing interest in his work and unique project of withdrawal.

His hallmark works include ads taken out anonymously in Artforum instructing readers to “Tell a lie,” “Start a rumor,” “Teach Art,” “Build a reputation” and “Become a legend”; his ongoing series of Time Capsules—welded metal containers bearing inscriptions such as “OPEN BEFORE DEACCESSION”—and cast bronze plaques meant to be embedded in sidewalks emblazoned with statements like “ART WORKS.”

Recently Kaltenbach was included in the traveling exhibition State of Mind: New California Art circa 1970 and solo exhibitions at Bert Green Fine Art, Chicago; Specific Object, New York; and Another Year in LA, Los Angeles. His work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and the Staatliche Museen, Berlin.

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