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Stephen Kaltenbach

Stephen Kaltenbach addresses his observations and queries in the making of Conceptual Art. The “Bad Ideas” are ongoing project proposals started in 1970 with the Room Alterations: projects that can, and have been built, but in some cases projects that should not be built because they are deliberately either unworkable or dangerous, and 1969 with the “Sky Totems”, photographs that are reflected and combined to warp space and time.

Kaltenbach was first active in New York during the 1960s and from 1970 to the present in Northern California. The post-minimal conceptual art he produced then and now is receiving renewed international attention. His years as a member of the New York scene in the 1960s placed him at the forefront in the formation of a new, idea-based type of art making that was later formalized as Conceptual Art. At the time, the wide variety of experimental approaches could not be properly called a stylistic movement, but gave artists freedom to work in styles and media that were not previously understood to be art. Kaltenbach left New York in 1970, returning to Northern California, where he taught (and operated under the art world radar) continuing to make art using a variety of conceptual strategies in a secret 40 year project revealed by Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer in the September 2010 issue of Artforum.

Download Artist Statement and Resume
Download Articles, Reviews and Press
Download Artforum ads from 1968-1969

Watch Kaltenbach's talk at Expo Chicago 2013 on YouTube

In the Current Show

shortarticleonartexporession

A Short Article on Art Expression
Typeset Letterpress Print on Reich’s Savoy #118 White
Edition of 25, 5 APs, 1 PP
24 x 18
2016
$1,500

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“A Short Article on Art Expression” is an essay that Kaltenbach wrote in late 1968, first published in the School for Visual Arts newspaper. It appeared again 1969 in the catalog for Harald Szeemann’s groundbreaking “When Attitudes Become Form” exhibition in Bern, Switzerland and again in the exhibition brochure for Kaltenbach’s solo show at the Whitney Museum, “Room Alterations” in late 1969. The essay seeks to define art expression through a series of statements and questions related to the manipulation and alteration of perception.

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CAPUT
3 Color Anaglyph (3D) Letterpress Print on Crane's Lettra #100 White
Red/Blue Glasses included
Edition of 50, 10 APs
18 x 24"
2016
$1,500

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Stephen Kaltenbach is a pioneer of American Conceptual art. He has created this unique Red/Blue Anaglyph 3D print in collaboration with Bert Green Fine Art in Chicago and Aardvark Letterpress in Los Angeles. Each print comes with a pair of sturdy 3D glasses.


FireHole

Fire Hole
Archival Inkjet Print
Edition of 10
22 x 30"
1970-Present
$2,500


ColdHole

Cold Hole
Archival Inkjet Print
Edition of 10
22 x 30"
1970-Present
$2,500


SkyTotem1

Sky Totem 1
Archival Inkjet Print
Edition of 10
30 x 19.5"
1969-Present
$2,500


SkyTotem2

Sky Totem 2
Archival Inkjet Print
Edition of 10
30 x 19"
1969-Present
$2,500


SkyTotem6

Sky Totem 6
Archival Inkjet Print
Edition of 10
30 x 17.2"
1969-Present
$2,500


Other Available Works

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Caput
Graphite On Paper
12 x 18"
1970 - Present
$7,500


VAULT

Vault
Graphite On Paper
12 x 18"
1970 - Present
$6,000


ARTWORKS

Art Works
Bronze
37/100
5 x 8 x 0.5"
1968/2010
$3,000


HUMILIS1

Humilis
Burnished Steel, Unknown Contents
4 x 4 x 12"
1970 - Present
Price on Request


lips

LIPS (Kiss)
Rubber Stamp Impression Print
Edition of 100
5 x 7"
2005
$250

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Stephen Kaltenbach is a pioneer of American Conceptual art. This print was created in 2005 using his original lip print rubber stamp from the 1960s, an artifact from a performance based project that has received international acclaim.