Drawings, Time Capsules and Room Alterations
September 20 – November 9 2013
Exhibition opening events concurrent with Expo Chicago Art Fair
Thursday and Friday September 19 & 20 by appointment
Stephen Kaltenbach will speak
at the ICI Booth (#810)
at Expo Chicago at noon on Friday, September 20
Gallery will have extended hours during Expo Chicago:
Friday September 20 11-6 pm
Saturday September 21 12-8 pm (reception 5-8 pm)
Sunday September 22 12-4 pm
Chicago Gallery News will provide shuttle service between Expo Chicago and the gallery Friday – Sunday (Art Institute Shuttle stop on Monroe)
Gallery Hours Wednesday–Friday 11-6 pm, Saturday 12–5 pm
Bert Green Fine Art 8 S. Michigan Ave. Suite 1220, Chicago IL 60603
Bert Green Fine Art is pleased to present our first solo show by Conceptual artist Stephen Kaltenbach.
Stephen Kaltenbach is a pioneer of American Conceptual art, 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. This show is a survey of work produced since 1965. In addition to several Time Capsules, an Art Works plaque and early drawings, Kaltenbach will premier two installations that have never been realized prior to this exhibition – Shadow Wall (1965) and Diminished Corner (1967), both pre-dating his Room Constructions from 1967.
Kaltenbach’s 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. In a bold move, 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 only recently revealed by Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer in the September, 2010 issue of Artforum.
In 2005, Kaltenbach re-surfaced with two simultaneous survey exhibitions (Konrad Fischer in Germany and Another Year in LA in the US). Both exhibitions gave rise to his unique and extensive commitment and development of Conceptual Art; truly lived in real time as a life pursuit. As part of Kaltenbach’s studio praxis, object making is tantamount in creating and developing work that continues to address his observations and queries in the making of Conceptual Art.
Stephen Kaltenbach has exhibited nationally and internationally including the current Prada Foundation exhibition in Venice, “When Attitudes Become Form Bern/1969 – Venice/2013” and the traveling exhibition “State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970” which will open at the Smart Museum of Art in Chicago onOctober 2, 2013. Kaltenbach’s work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, the Kroeller-Mueller Museum, Otterlo, The Netherlands Museum of Art, St. Paul, Minnesota, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA, The Evanston Museum of Art, IL, the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH, as well as multiple private collections.
There will be an Artists reception on Saturday, September 21 from 5-8 pm (the artist will be present), and a Closing reception on Saturday, October 26 from 5–8 pm. Gallery hours are Wednesday–Friday 11–6 and Saturday 12-5, or by appointment at other times.
This exhibition is presented in partnership with and through the courtesy of the Los Angeles-based art gallery Another Year in LA.