September 7, 1 pm: A Conversation with Tony DeLap Moderated by Peter Frank and Book Signing of the New Tony DeLap Monograph with Essay by Barbara Rose and Interview with David Pagel
Join Tony DeLap and art critic Peter Frank as they discuss Tony DeLap’s 50-year career. This program coincides with the release of Tony DeLap’s monograph featuring an essay by Barbara Rose and an interview with David Pagel. Free for OMA members and $10 for nonmembers. Limited seating, call (760) 435-3721 for reservations.
Recognized as one of the foundational figures in the rise of Minimalism and Optical Art (OpArt) on the West Coast in the 1960s and 70s, Tony DeLap’s early sculptural work from the 1960s features key characteristics unique to Minimalism including elemental shapes like octagons or rectangles, and a handmade, reductive approach to object making. In contrast to his East Coast Minimialist contemporaries such as Donald Judd and Carl Andre who embraced industrial fabrication of objects, DeLap chose to retain an important sense of the unique, singular piece. This exhibition will feature a collection of seminal early pieces including his painted constructions such as Four Dots (1962) that explore DeLap’s consistent dedication to the formal concerns surrounding Minimalism: real and implied physical space, modular and repetitive systems, size, color and materials.