Tony DeLap was born in Oakland, CA in 1927. He lives and works in Orange County, CA.
DeLap and John Coplans were founding faculty members in the 1965 opening of the University of California at Irvine, where Tony taught in the Art Department until 1991. DeLap served as the project consultant for “Best Kept Secret, UCI and the Development of Contemporary Art in Southern California, 1964-1971” for the Getty Foundation's “Pacific Standard Time: Art In LA 1945-1980,” held at the Laguna Art Museum.
As a pioneer artist of Abstractionism, Minimalism and Op Art on the West Coast, Tony participated in both the 1965 Responsive Eye at MOMA and the 1966 Primary Structures exhibition at the Jewish Museum. He has had retrospectives at the Oceanside Museum of Art in 2013, the Orange County Museum of Art in 2000, and the San Jose Museum of art in 2001.
Major museum collections include the New York Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim museum, the Tate Gallery in London, the LA County Museum of Art, Albright-Knox Art Galley in Buffalo, New York, and the Le Musee cantonal des beaux-arts in Lausanne, Switzerland
“Tony DeLap Painting, Sculpture and Works on Paper 1962-2013,” with essay by art critic Barbara Rose, was released by Radius Books in 2013.
DeLap is represented by Parrasch-Heijnen Gallery
2016 Parrasch Heijnen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2013 Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA, “Tony DeLap: Selections from 50 Years”
2013, 2010, 2005, 2002 Charlotte Jackson Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2008, 2007, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000 Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2007, 2005, 2004 Patricia Faure Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2001 San Jose Museum of Art, “Tony DeLap” (retrospective), San Jose, CA
2000 Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA, “Tony DeLap” (retrospective)
1986, 1989, 1992, 1996 “Modernism,” San Francisco , CA
1993 Gudrun Spielvogel Galerie, Munich, Germany
1992 Galerie Beatrix Wilhelm, Stuttgart, Germany
1965, 1966, 1967, 1970, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1982, 1984 Robert Elkon Gallery, New York, NY 1972, 1974, 1976 Nicholas Wilder Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1970 Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, “Award Exhibition for Carborundum Company”
1968 University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA
1965, 1966, 1968 Felix Landau Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1963, 1968 Dilexi Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1964 San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, “Nealie Sullivan Award Exhibition”
Selected Group Exhibitions
2011 “Best Kept Secret: UCI and the Development of Contemporary Art In Southern
California, 1964-1971,” Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
2002 “Inside the Sixties,” Le Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne, Switzerland
1992 “Tony DeLap, Bruce Conner, Conversations About Magic,” Jan Turner Gallery, Los
1991 “Finish Fetish: LA's Cool School,” Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 1982 “One Hundred Years of California Sculpture,” Oakland Art Museum, Oakland, CA
“35th Biennial of Contemporary American Painting,” Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington,
1976 “Artists from Los Angeles”, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1970 “Trio, Three-Man Show (DeLap, Gallo, Hesse),” Owens-Corning Fiberglass Center,
New York, NY
1967 “Sculpture of the 60s,” Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA,
“Carnegie International,” Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
1966 “Primary Structures,” Jewish Museum, New York, NY (catalogue)
1965 "The Responsive Eye," Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1965 “New Acquisitions,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1964 “Sculpture Annual,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (catalogue) 1963 “Sculpture in California,” Oakland Art Museum, Oakland, CA
Selected Public Collections
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT
Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Claremont College Art Galleries, Claremont, CA
Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
City of Fujinomiya, Japan
Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC Le Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne, Switzerland Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Miami University, Oxford, OH
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY
Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA
Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Providence, RI San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY
Tate Modern, London, England
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Special Projects/ Awards
Chapman University, Orange, CA Doctor of Arts, 2009
Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA, Doctor of Humane Letters, 2002 Centinela Gateway Competition, Santa Monica Arts Commission, Awarded Sculpture Commission National Endowment for the Arts, Fellowship Grant, Painting, 1983
Catalogue, "Best Kept Secret: UC Irvine,1964 -71," Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach. Illus. Lab, Walter, “Tony DeLap, Modern Times,” Royal Projects, Indian Wells, March 2009, The
Art Magazine, Illus.
Frank, Peter, “The Illusionist,” Tony DeLap at Patricia Faure, Art Ltd., November, 2007,
Catalogue, “Los Angeles 1955-1985.” Centre Pompidou, Paris, Illus.
Humblet, Claudine, “La Nouvelle Abstraction Americaine 1950-1970,” Illus. 2003 Skira,
Catalogue, "Tony DeLap" Bruce Guenther, Orange County Museum of Art, CA, 2000 Catalogue, "Tony DeLap The House of the Magician: An Installation of Reconstructed Works from 1967-1979, Essays by Mike Magee, Peter Clothier and David Pagel. California State University at Fullerton, CA Feb. l994. Illus.
Catalogue, "Finish Fetish: LA's Cool School," The University of Southern California, 1991, Illus.
Catalogue, "Tony DeLap and The Floating Lady. The Artist/Magician as Magician/Artist" VARI studios, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 1988. Illus.
Knight, Christopher. "L.A.'s Art Direction. Five Painters Help Shape the City's New
Cultural Image," GQ Magazine, Aug. 1983, p.136, Illus.
Catalogue, “The 35th Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Painting & Sculpture,” Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Feb. 1977, Illus.
Masheck, Joseph, "Tony DeLap's Shapely Paintings," Arts Magazine, April 1976, Illus. Rose, Barbara, "Current Events," New York Magazine, p.71, Feb.1973
Schjeldahl, Peter, The New York Times, Jan .15, 1970, p.27D
Catalogue,"Tony DeLap, The Last Five Years: 1963-1968,” UC Irvine,
CA 1969 Illus. Catalogue, "Pittsburgh International," Carnegie Institute, Oct. 1967. p.252 Catalogue, "American Sculpture of the Sixties,” LA County Museum of Art, Apr. 1967. Illus. Coplans, John, “Circle of Styles," Art in America. June, 1964. Illus