Tony Delap, Modern Times III, 1966
Wood, fiberglas and lacquer, 32 x 84 x 38 inches
March 7 – April 4, 2009
Pushing the edges, often literally, of his primary disciplines, artist Tony DeLap has dedicated close to half a century to exploring the seam between sculpture and painting, merging the boarders of architecture, design and art, reducing to the most basic expression of form, shape, scale and color, while remaining devoted to the search for beauty in the creation of a simple object.
West Coast minimalist, Tony DeLap has been an inspiration and mentor to some of California’s most revered artists. Bruce Nauman, James Turrell and John McCracken all blossomed under his tutelage. Along with artists such as Ellsworth Kelly, Tony DeLap has set the path for generations of reductive artists, embracing the principles of limited color, geometry, precise craftsmanship, and intellectual rigor.
Work by Tony DeLap is included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Tate Gallery in London, The Guggenheim Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum in Washington as well as many other prestigious institutions world wide. Along with numerous solo exhibitions, DeLap was included in several of the defining exhibitions of the mid century including; “Primary Structures” (The Jewish Museum, New York) “American Sculpture of the Sixties” (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) and “The Responsive Eye” (The Museum of Modern Art in New York)
Royale Projects presents “TONY DELAP: modern times” (the title taken from a sculpture created in 1966 that anchors the exhibition), a brief survey of paintings, drawings, and sculptures from the sixties through the current decade that expose how Tony DeLap continues to redefine “modern” by tweaking and mutating formalist ideals.