Stephen De Staebler


In the spring of 2011, Peter Selz—former curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, founding director at the Berkeley Art Museum, and professor emeritus at University of California, Berkeley—curated the exhibition HEADS at the Dolby Chadwick Gallery. Featuring the art of Irving Petlin, Lucian Freud, Ann Gale, Edwige Fouvry, Alex Kanevsky, Sherie’ Franssen, Jim Morphesis, Patrick Graham, Gottfried Helnwein, Nathan Oliveira, and Stephen De Staebler, HEADS presents a fresh take on a well-worn theme by sidelining portraiture in favor of "the living and dead, portrait and mask, individual and symbol."

According to Selz, "The human head has been the inspiration for artists since time immemorial, and with its multifarious range of expression remains an inexhaustible object for the painter and sculptor, open to unlimited formal investigation and infinite expressive interpretation."

Published on the occasion of the exhibition, this catalogue contains an essay by Selz as well as images of work by each of the 11 artists included in the show.

30 pages. 12 color plates. Hardcover. 2011.