Stephen De Staebler at Machu Picchu 1995, photo Danae Mattes

Stephen De Staebler

United States 1933 - 2011

Sculpture

www.stephendestaebler.com

Stephen De Staebler
Stephen De Staebler
Male
United States
1933
January 24, 2016
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Stephen De Staebler was an American sculptor born in St. Louis in 1933. His work, mostly done in bronze and clay, is recognized and famous throughout the world.

He attended Black Mountain College, NC, in 1951, studied Religion at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, in 1954, received his General Secondary Teaching Credential from University of California, Berkeley, CA, in 1959, and has studied Art at University of California, Berkeley, CA in 1961. He taught at Chadwick School, Rolling Hills, CA, at San Francisco State College, San Francisco, CA, at San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, before coming to San Francisco State University, where he worked for almost thirty years, from 1967 until 1995. Not only a great sculptor himself, De Staebler inspired generations of young artists who had the privilege of studying under him.

Clay Sculptures by Stephen De Staebler

Stephen De Staebler - Segmented Figure Column III, 2008 - Figure with Sharp Wing, 2010 - Figure with Sandstone Head, 2010
Stephen De Staebler – Segmented Figure Column III, 2008 / Figure with Sharp Wing, 2010 / Figure with Sandstone Head, 2010
Stephen De Staebler - Figure with Black Wing, 2008 - Seated Figure with Raised Foot, 2008 - Figure with Pink Knee, 2008
Stephen De Staebler – Figure with Black Wing, 2008 / Seated Figure with Raised Foot, 2008 / Figure with Pink Knee, 2008

He wanted to be a serious artist, but didn’t quite find his field until one semester at Berkely, when he took a ceramics course with Peter Voulkos. He became a great source of inspiration for De Staebler, and the artist always emphasized how much he is grateful to Voulkos. In the beginning, he worked with clay, but began experimenting with bronze in the 70’s. The bronze provides greater freedom and gives sculptures a way to stand on their own form. Since then, the figures could be separated from the ground, and have bigger, more massive forms at the top of the sculptures, something that it isn’t possible with clay. His work shows humans as fragile and very much imperfect beings, contrary to classical idealists.

Bronze Sculptures by Stephen De Staebler

Stephen De Staebler - Deep Woman Striding, 2010 - Figure with Truncated Wing, 2010 - Standing Woman Leading, 2010
Stephen De Staebler – Deep Woman Striding, 2010 / Figure with Truncated Wing, 2010 / Standing Woman Leading, 2010
Stephen De Staebler - Figure with Crown, 2010 - Figure with Two Found Legs, 2010 - Man with Broad Chest, 2010
Stephen De Staebler – Figure with Crown, 2010 / Figure with Two Found Legs, 2010 / Man with Broad Chest, 2010

He is represented by Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco, USA.

Stephen De Staebler lived and worked in Berkeley, California.

All images courtesy of Dolby Chadwick Gallery.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Metaphoric StatesMontalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CASolo
2014Two Geologies: Stephen De Staebler & Danae MattesDolby Chadwick Gallery, San FranciscoGroup
2014Beyond CraftDecorative Arts for the Leatrice and Melvin Eagle Collection, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, HoustonGroup
2013Stephen De Staebler, The Sculptor, The ManUdinotti Museum of Figurative Art, Scottsdale, AZSolo
2013Hello, GoodbyeDolby Chadwick Gallery, San FranciscoGroup
2013Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual in Modern ArtContemporary Jewish Museum, San FranciscoGroup
2012Matter + Spirit: The Sculpture of Stephen De StaeblerSan Francisco Museum of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA Solo
2011Stephen De StaeblerDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2011HeadsDolby Chadwick Gallery, San FranciscoGroup
2010Stephen De Staebler: New WorkDolby Chadwick Gallerys, San Francisco, CASolo
2010Painting, Sculpture and CeramicsZane Bennett Contemporary Art Santa Fe, New MexicoGroup
2009Stephen De Staebler: New WorkNapa Valley Museum, Yountville, CASolo
2009Stephen De Staebler: The Sculptor’s WayRichmond Art Center, Richmond, CASolo
2009PerspectivesStremmel Gallery, Reno, NevadaGroup
2009Body Language: The Figure in SculptureVero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach, FLGroup
2009Multiple Personalities: Figural Sculpture and Contemporary CraftMinneapolis Museum of Art, Minnesota, MNGroup
2008Stephen De Staebler: Wrested From the EarthZolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
2008Masters of DisguiseThe Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NCGroup
2008Great Ceramics from the Ceramic Research CenterArizona State University Art Collection, Arizona State University, AZGroup
2008Paradigms and the Unexpected: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Shey CollectionHarn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, FLGroup
2007Stephen De Staebler: New Figure ColumnsPaul Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2007Shy Boy, She Devil, and Isis: The Art of Conceptual Craft: Selections for the Wornick CollectionMuseum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston, MAGroup
2007A Legacy of Art: The Ted and Ruth Nash CollectionOakland Museum of California, Oakland, CAGroup
2006Stephen De Staebler: Figure ColumnsZolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
2006Stephen De Staebler: Winged FiguresGraduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CASolo
2006Stephen De Staebler: Recent WorkFresno Art Museum, Frenso, CASolo
2006Soaring Spirits – Feet of ClaySchneider Museum of Art, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OregonGroup
2005Stephen De Staebler: Recent WorkFranklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2005A Broken Beauty: Figuration, Narrative and the Transcendent in North American ArtLaguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CAGroup
2005Innovation & Change: Great Ceramics from the Permanent CollectionCeramic Research Center, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZGroup
2005Bodies of ClayEvansville Museum, Evansville, INGroup
2005From Tiles to Totems: A Century of Northern California CeramicsArt Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, CAGroup
2004Stephen De Staebler: Recent WorkPaul Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2004Stephen De Staebler: Selected WorksHolter Museum of Art, Helena, MTSolo
2004Onward and UpwardZolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2003Stephen De Staebler: Figure ColumnsFranklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2003Stephen De Staebler: Master Artist VI: A Thirty Year SurveyHearst Art Gallery, Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CASolo
2003Stephen De Staebler: Figure Column SeriesFranklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2003The Human Condition: Sculptures by Stephen De StaeblerUniversity of California, San Francisco, CASolo
2003UnknownStremmel Gallery @ 30, Reno, NVGroup
2003Bay Area RevisitedSchick Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NYGroup
2002Stephen De StaeblerFranklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2002The 177th Annual: An Invitational ExhibitionNational Academy of Design, New York, NYGroup
2000Stephen De StaeblerCampbell Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2000Stephen De StaeblerFranklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2000Defining Moments in Contemporary Ceramics: Color and FireLos Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2000Made in CaliforniaLos Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1999Stephen De Staebler: Major Works from the 1980'sFranklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1999Stephen De Staebler: Winged FiguresBrauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University Center for the Arts, Valparaiso, INSolo
1999The Art of Craft: Contemporary Works from the Saxe CollectionM.H. de Young Memorial Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CAGroup
1999Clay into Art: Selections from the Collection of Contemporary Ceramics in the Metropolitan Museum of ArtThe Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NYGroup
1998Stephen De StaeblerFranklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1997Bay Area Art from The Morgan Flagg CollectionM.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CAGroup
1996Stephen De StaeblerCampbell Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1996Stephen De StaeblerColorado University Art Galleries, Boulder, COSolo
1996Recent WorksFresno Art Museum, Fresno, CASolo
1996New Works in ClayEuropean Ceramics Work Center, Hertogenbosch, The NetherlandsSolo
1996New Works in ClayLizardi/Harp Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
1996Generations: The Lineage of Influence in Bay Area ArtRichmond Art Center, Richmond, CAGroup
1995The New BronzesCDS Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1995Stephen De Staebler: SculptureUdinotti Gallery, Scottsdale, AZSolo
1994Stephen De StaeblerCampbell/Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1993Stephen De StaeblerThe Academy of Art College, San Francisco, CASolo
1993Stephen De StaeblerCDS Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1993Sanctuaries: Recovering the Holy in Contemporary Art, Part OneMuseum of Contemporary Religious Art, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MOGroup
1992Stephen De StaeblerCDS Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1991Stephen De StaeblerMonterey Peninsula Museum of Art, Monterey, CASolo
1990Stephen De StaeblerJohn Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1988Stephen De Staebler: The FigureSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CASolo
1988Twentieth Century American SculptureThe White House, Washington, D.C.Group
1988New Visions of the ApocalypseMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode IslandGroup
1987The Eloquent ObjectPhilbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OKGroup
1986Stephen De StaeblerJohn Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1986Contemporary Sculpture from the Martin Z. Margulies CollectionMartin Z. Margulies, Coconut Grove, FLGroup
1984The 20th Century: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art CollectionSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CAGroup
1983Stephen De StaeblerCharles H. Scott Gallery, Emily Carr College of Art, Vancouver, British ColumbiaSolo
1981Stephen De StaeblerHansen Fuller Goldeen Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
198020 American ArtistsSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CAGroup
1979Stephen De StaeblerJames Willis Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1979Stephen De StaeblerWinona State University, Winona, MNSolo
1977Perceptions of the Spirit in 20th Century ArtIndianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, INGroup
1977Public Sculpture/Urban EnvironmentOakland Museum of California, Oakland, CAGroup
1975Public Sculpture/Urban EnvironmentOakland Museum of California, Oakland, CAGroup
1974Stephen De StaeblerOakland Museum of California, Oakland, CASolo