Works by Stephen De Staebler

Left: Thorax Figure, 2008. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, promised gift of the estate of Stephen De Staebler. Photo: Scott McCue, courtesy of Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco. Center: Yoke Winged Man, 1994. Collection of Russ Solomon, Sacramento. Photo: Scott McCue. Right: Stephen De Staebler, Blue Face with White Stripe, 1971. Estate of Stephen De Staebler. Photo: Philip Ringler. All artwork © Estate of Stephen De Staebler.

Matter + Spirit: The Sculpture of Stephen De Staebler

January 14, 2012May 13, 2012

For more than 50 years, Stephen De Staebler (1933–2011) created figurative sculptures primarily from clay—a medium derived from the primordial earth. Drawing inspiration from fundamental childhood experiences with nature, a transformative adolescent encounter with mortality, and adult studies in the histories of art and religion, he explored and extended a tradition of human representation that includes the religious monuments of ancient Egypt, the Renaissance humanism of Michelangelo’s finished and unfinished figures, and the modern existentialism expressed in the works of Alberto Giacometti. Matter + Spirit, installed in the American art galleries, includes 55 of De Staebler’s works.

Exhibition Preview

Stephen De Staebler, Winged Woman Walking VI, 1990
Stephen De Staebler, Standing Figure with Yellow Aura, 1985
Standing Woman and Standing Man
Wall X with Orange Scar

Matter + Spirit: The Sculpture of Stephen De Staebler has been organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Lead Sponsors are Lorna Meyer Calas and Dennis Calas. Sponsors are Dolby Chadwick Gallery, Beverly and Peter Lipman, Dorothy Saxe, and David and Roxanne Soward. Additional support has been provided by Lisa and Patrick Denzer. The catalogue is published with the assistance of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment for Publications.