Stephen Kaltenbach established a reputation in the emerging international field of Conceptual art. But in 1970, just as he was achieving career success, Kaltenbach abruptly withdrew to California's Central Valley, appearing to abandon Conceptual work in favor of the more traditional mediums of painting and sculpture.
In the late 1960s New York art scene, recent UC Davis graduate Stephen Kaltenbach was considered a pioneering Conceptual artist in the early days of the genre. By 1970, he had withdrawn from all that business to the California Central Valley and was focused on more traditional mediums, including painting and sculpture. This overarching view of his career strings it all together.