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Tony DeLap

1927-2019, American

"The Floating Chair," 1974-78

Sculpture in acrylic display box
Signed and dated on base
Overall: 17.5" H x 14" W x 14" D

  • Notes: "While in college in the late 1980s and 1990s, professors repeatedly lectured that the artist Tony Delap (1927-2019) was the most important artist ever to come from Orange County. Over the past two decades, I've heard the same thing from curators, collectors, and artists. Delap's recent retrospective at the Laguna Art Museum, curated by Peter Frank, showed the brilliance of his diverse 70-year career. Delap was a pioneer of West Coast minimalism and Op art. Along with John Coplands, Robert Irwin, Craig Kauffman, Ed Moses, David Hockney and others, Delap founded what became a revolutionary studio art department at the University of California Irvine in the 1970s. His students included Bruce Nauman, James Turrell and John McCracken.

    One of the unique features of Tony Delap's work is the inspiration of magic and illusion. Delap was a magician himself and this floating chair piece from the mid-1970s is a great example of this influence. This chair sculpture is a one-of-a-kind. Nothing else like it exists in his oeuvre. The piece is hand signed and dated. Photographs of Mr. DeLap with the sculpture are included. DeLap's work has been exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum in New York City. His work is included in the permanent collections of major museums around the world including the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Tate Gallery, London."
    - Bradford J. Salamon
  • Condition: Overall good condition with minor dust accumulation commensurate with age.

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