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Stephen J. Kaltenbach
Stephen J. Kaltenbach
Stainless steel, secret contents
12 x 4 x 4 inches
edition of 20 + 5APs
$8,500 + shipping
Stephen J. Kaltenbach is known for issuing commands to his viewers. “BECOME A LEGEND.” was the eighth of twelve anonymous ads the artist placed in Artforum between November 1968 and December 1969. These print works and Kaltenbach’s iconic Time Capsules first realized in 1967 (pre-dating Warhol’s Time Capsules) generated an immense buzz at the time. Today, more than 40 years later, fellow artists, critics, and scholars are still discussing the importance and depth of the artist’s practice and specifically these exceptional bodies of works. The limited edition time capsule that Kaltenbach created exclusively for ICI is at the heart of this practice, a series of sealed steel containers, each holding unique secret content, and with the engraved instruction: “OPEN BEFORE DEACCESSION.” Kaltenbach thus employs the owner to reveal the secret contained inside, and activate the work, only if and when they decide to part with it.
Stephen J. Kaltenbach is a California artist currently based in Davis, who helped define American conceptual art in the late 1960s and ‘70s. In 1969 he had solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and his work was included in some of the most iconic shows of the time: When Attitudes Become Form, Bern, Switzerland; March at Seth Siegelaub, New York; and Nine at Leo Castelli Warehouse, New York. Kaltenbach’s work is featured both in do it and State of Mind: New California Art circa 1970.