Stephan Balkenhol  (German, 1957) 

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Stephan Balkenhol (German, b.1957) is a contemporary sculptor born in West Germany, and best known for his representational works carved out of wood. While attending the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg from 1976 until 1982, he studied closely with Ulrich Rückreim (German, b.1938). Balkenhol’s totem-like sculptures, which are reminiscent of Folk Art and recall medieval carving techniques, expand the traditional role of the statue by featuring everyday people rather than celebrated historical figures. Balkenhol uses a variety of woods, including poplar and Douglas fir, and crafts his works out of single blocks of wood using hammers, power saws, and chisels. The sculptures, often representing men, women, and animals and featuring serene, expressionless faces, have been interpreted as an exploration of the relationship between the figures themselves and the spaces or locations they occupy. In the mid-1980s, Balkenhol began taking on commissions for outdoor works, and as part of a noteworthy display, he installed two of his sculptures on London’s River Thames by placing one on a buoy and another near Blackfriars Bridge. While some of Balkenhol’s early works were nudes, he began rendering them in plain clothing—most often white shirts and black pants or plain dresses—in order to avoid any unintended allegorical interpretations. His art has been exhibited at institutions around the world, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the National Museum of Art in Osaka, Japan, and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, among many others. Balkenhol currently lives and works in Karlsruhe, Germany, and Meisenthal, France.

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Stephan Balkenhol, Frau in türkisem Kleid

 

Stephan Balkenhol
Frau in türkisem Kleid
2007

Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle
Stephan Balkenhol, o.T.

 

Stephan Balkenhol
o.T.
1993

Soura Art
Stephan Balkenhol, Woman on white and green background

 

Stephan Balkenhol
Woman on white and green background
2013

Monica De Cardenas
Stephan Balkenhol, Wild Cat

 

Stephan Balkenhol
Wild Cat
2013

Monica De Cardenas
Stephan Balkenhol, Mann mit weißem Hemd und schwarzer Hose (Man with white shirt and black trousers)

 

Stephan Balkenhol
Mann mit weißem Hemd und schwarzer Hose (Man with white shirt and black trousers)
2013

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Stephan Balkenhol, Mann mit weißem Hemd und schwarzer Hose (Man with white shirt and black trousers)

 

Stephan Balkenhol
Mann mit weißem Hemd und schwarzer Hose (Man with white shirt and black trousers)
2013

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Stephan Balkenhol, Kleines Kopfrelief (Little relief of a head)

 

Stephan Balkenhol
Kleines Kopfrelief (Little relief of a head)
2013

ARNDT
Stephan Balkenhol, Kopf (Mann) / Head (Man)

 

Stephan Balkenhol
Kopf (Mann) / Head (Man)
2013

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Stephan Balkenhol, Grey Cat

 

Stephan Balkenhol
Grey Cat
2013

Monica De Cardenas
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Stephan Balkenhol, Untitled

 

Stephan Balkenhol
Untitled, 1991
painted wawa wood

 

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Stephan Balkenhol, Untitled (Kleine Kopfsaule)

 

Stephan Balkenhol
Untitled (Kleine Kopfsaule)
painted wawa wood

 

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Stephan Balkenhol, Ohne Titel (Löwe)

 

Stephan Balkenhol
Ohne Titel (Löwe)
pencil on paper

 

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1957   Born in Fritzlar/Hessen, Germany
1976 - 1982   Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg
1983   Karl-Schmidt-Rottluff-Stipendium
1986   Arbeitsstipendium der Freien und Hansestadt, Hamburg
1989   Förderpreis zum Internationalen Preis des Landes, Baden-Würtemberg
  Lives and works in Karlsruhe (Germany) and Meisenthal (France);
Since 1992: Professor at Akademie für Bildende Künste, Karslruhe
2014   Stephan Balkenhol, Nosbaum & Reding, Luxembourg, Luxembourg (solo)
2014   Deweer Gallery, Otegem, Belgium (solo)
2014   Stephan Balkenhol, Kunstmuseum Ravensburg, Germany (solo)
2014   Study from the Human Body, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK
2013   The Art of the Present, Helga de Alevear Collection, Centro Centro, Madrid, Spain
2013   Truth, ESMoA, Los Angeles, USA
2013   Je t'aime... moi non plus, Musée des Beaux-Arts Eugène Leroy, Tourcoing, France
2013   Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Milano, Italy (solo)
2013   Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany (solo)
2013   Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2013   Johnen Galerie, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2013   Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
2013   Big Head Column, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy (solo)
2013   Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria (solo)
2012   Unlimited Bodies, Palais Diena, Paris, France
2012   Re-opening, DEWEER gallery, Otegem, Belgium
2012   The Drawing Room, DEWEER gallery, Otegem, Belgium
2012   The Bear Necessities, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco
2012   Stephan Balkenhol in St. Elizabeth, St. Elizabeth Church, Kassel, Germany (solo)
2012   Deweer Gallery, Otegem, Belgium (solo)
2012   New Works, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland (solo)
2011   Luce Gallery, Turin, Italy
Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK
2011   Tomio Koyama Gallery, Kyoto, Japan (solo)
2011   Galerie Rudiger Schottle, Munich, Germany (solo)
2011   Johnen Galerie, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2011   Halle Verriere, Meisenthal, France (solo)
2011   Twenty Years of Presence, MMK, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
2011   Art Set Free, Museum Kunstpalast, Dusseldorf, Germany
2011   Melting Point, Akinci, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2011   Invisibleness is Visibleness, Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taipei
2011   Stephan Balkenhol and The Object of Observation (Changes by Being Observed), Johnen Galerie, Berlin, Germany
2010   Stephan Balkenhol, Musee de Grenoble, Grenoble, France (solo)
Stephan Balkenhol, Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Milan, Italy (solo)
Stephan Balkenhol, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland (solo)
The Secret Lives of Trees, Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Zuoz, Switzerland (group)
Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Milan, Italy
2009   Un Segno nel Foro di Cesare, curated by L. Pratesi, Fori Imperiali, Rome, Italy
Stephan Balkenhol, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France
Stephan Balkenhol, Dogenhaus Galerie, Leipzig, Germany
Eva Penny & Stephan Balkenhol, Trepanierbaer Gallery, Calgary, Canada
Art Unlimited, Art 40 Basel, Basel, Switzerland
On Paper, Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Zuoz, Switzerland
Stephan Balkenhol, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
2008   This is Not to be Looked At: Highlights from the Permanent Collection of the Museum of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA,
Paixons Privadas, Visions Publicas Collections D.O. Galicia, Museo de Arte Contemporanea de Vigo, Vigo, Spain
Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
ARCO 08, Madrid, Spain
2007   New works, DEWEER ART GALLERY, Otegem, Belgium (solo)
Intersezioni 3: Balkenhol, Delwoye, Quinn al Parco Archeologico di Scolacium, Catanzaro
PAC, Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
Museum der Moderne Salzburg Moenchsberg
MKM Museum Kueppersmuehle fuer Moderne Kunst, Duisburg, Germany (solo)
Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria (solo)
Galleri Lars Bohman, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France (solo)
Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Milano, Italy (solo)
Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo (solo)
Galeri Artist, Istanbul (solo)
2006   ZOO, La Centrale Electrique/De Elektriciteitscentrale, Brussels, Belgium
Ein gemeinsamer Ort, Lentos Museum, Linz, Austria
Stephan Balkenhol, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany
My world in your eyes, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul , Korea
Six Feet Under; Autopsie unseres Umgang mit Toten, Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland
Der erste Blick-Die Sammlung GAG, Neues Museum Weimar, Weimar, Germany
Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, Germany (solo)
Galerie Ruediger Schoettle, Munich, Germany (solo)
Museum Liner, Appenzell, Switzerland (solo)
Six Feet Under; Autopsie unseres Umgang mit Toten, Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland
Der erste Blick-Die Sammlung GAG, Neues Museum Weimar, Weimar, Germany
Figures in the Field-Figurative sculpture and Abstract Painting from Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago MCA, Chicago, IL
Galeria Pepe Cobo, Sevilla, Spain (solo)
2005   Zeichen des Glaubens, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany
Stephan Balkenhol - the task of solitary man, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel-Aviv, Israel
The Blake Byrne Collection, MOCA GRAND AVENUE, Los Angeles, CA
My Favorite Things - Peinture en France, Musee d'art contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France
Confrontations in Black-White-Transparent, Art Affairs Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
40 Jahre Galerie Thomas, Galerie Thomas, Munich, Germany
21, Dogenhaus Galerie Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
Auktion 20, Auktionshaus und Galerie, Berlin, Germany
We can do it!, Gary Tatintsian Gallery Inc., Moscow, Russia
The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France
2004   15 year anniversary of Regen Projects, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Sonderaktion Graphiken und Buecher, Galerie Bernd Klueser, Munich, Germany
Wer bietet mehr? - Fuenfzehn Jahre Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany
Stephan Balkenhol - Neue Arbeiten / New works, Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland
Bodily Space: Works from the Permanent Collection, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Stephan Balkenhol, Dogenhaus Galerie Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
Stephan Balkenhol / Christofer Kochs, Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Stephan Balkenhol, Galeria OMR, Mexico City, Mexico
Galerie Ruediger Schoettle, Munich, Germany
Galerie Ruediger Schoettle, Munich, Germany
Monica de Cardenas, Milan, Italy
2003   Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK (solo)
Stephan Balkenhol, Skulpturen, Fotografien, Zeichnungen und Material, Sprengel-Museum, Hannover, Germany (solo)
Stephan Balkenhol, Le Rectangle, Lyon, France (solo)
Stephan Balkenhol, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Durchgehend geoffnet, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden+Sammlung Frieder Burda Baden-Baden, Germany
Stadtische Galerie, Fellbach, Germany (solo)
Galleri Lars Bohman, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France (solo)
2002   Gallery Akinci, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
Galerie Mai 36, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
Gallery Pepe Cobo, Sevilla, Spain (solo)
Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Galerie Loehrl, Moenchengladbach, Germany (solo)
Das Tier in Mir, Kunsthalle Baden, Baden, Germany
The Photogenic, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, PA
Deweer Art Gallery, Otegem, Belgium (solo)
2001   Parkett, Colaborations and Editions since 1984, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
De vereld tolgens Duitsland, Odapark, The Netherlands
Le cops mis a nu, Dorjon de Vez, France
Geometrie & Gestus, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
Photografierte Bilder, Museum Bochum, Germany
Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea de Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostella, Spain (solo)
Monica de Cardenas, Milan, Italy (solo)
Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands (solo)
Johnson City Community College, Overland Park, KS (solo)
Doerrie Priess, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria (solo)
OMR Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico (solo)
Dogenhaus, Leipzig, Germany (solo)
Museum der Bildenden Kunste, Leipzig, Germany (solo)
Kunstforum Baloise, Basel, Switzerland (solo)
2000   Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Stephan Balkenhol, Christian Hahn, Galerie Ruediger Schoettle, Munich, Germany
Back to Kassel, Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, Germany
Essensbilder, Galerie Dorrie Priess, Hamburg, Germany
1999   Szenenwechsel XV, MMK Frankfurt, Germany
Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA
1998   Galerie Monica de Cardenas, Milan, Itlay
1997   Belladonna,ICA, London; firstsite, Colchester, GB
1996   Das goldene Zimmer, Schmitter Media -Agentur/Deutsches Architektur-Museum, Frankfurt, Germany
Stephan Balkenhol, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK
1994   Stephan Balkenhol: Skulpturen, Kunstraum Neue Kunst, Hannover, Germany
Stephan Balkenhol: Neue Arbeiten, Galerie Doerrie Priess, Hamburg, Germany
Summer Group Show, Baumgartner Galleries, Washington DC
1993   Stephan Balkenhol: Skulpturen 1993, Deweer Art Gallery, Otegem, Belgium
1992   Qui, Quoi, Ou?:Un regard sur l'art en Allemagne en 1992, Musee d'art moderne de la ville de Paris, Paris, France
Double Identity, Galerie Johnen & Schoettle, Cologne, Germany
1991   Seven Women, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY
Six Ours pour Paris, Galerie Ruediger Schoettle, Paris, France
1990   Skulpturen und Zeichnungen, Westwerk, Hamburg, Germany
1989   Stephan Balkenhol: Skulpturen, Galerie Ruediger Schoettle, Munich, Germany
Sei Artisti Tedeschi, Castello di Rivara, Turin, Italy
1988   Neue Kunst in Hamburg, Kampnagelfabrik, Hamburg, Germany
Exotische Welten - Wuerttembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany
1987   Stephan Balkenhol: Neue Skulpturen, Galerie Moenchengladbach, Germany
1985   Stephan Balkenhol: Skulpturen, A.O.Kunstraum, Hamburg, Germany
1984   Stephan Balkenhol: Neue Arbeiten, Galerie Loehrl, Moenchengladbach, Germany
1983   Impulse I, Galerie Loehrl Moenchengladbach, Germany
2006    ArtAsiaPacific, No. 50, Fall 2006, p.5.
2005    Nochlin, Linda, “Picturing Modernity, Then and Now,” Art in America, May 2005, pp. 128.
2005    Frankel, David, "The Photogenic," Artforum, January.
2005    Goodman, Jonathan. Review “New York: Barbara Gladstone”
2004    Sculpture Magazine vol. 23 no. 4 May 2004, pp. 74-75.
2004    Sozanski, Edward J., " A Puzzle and a Provocation," Arts & Entertainment, March 10.
2004    Salcman, Michael, "The Photogenic: Photography Through Its Metaphors in Art," Peekreview.net, March/April.
2004    Schaffner, Ingrid, "The unphotographable," Art on Paper, March/April.
2004    Ryesky, Helene, "Photography and Contemporary Art," ArtMatters, April.
2001    "Parkett, Colaborations and Editions since 1984,” Deborah Wye and Susan Tallman,