The Honarkar Foundation holds reception to honor artist Tony DeLap’s life and legacy

On Saturday, April 20, The Honarkar Foundation held reception to celebrate the exhibition titled “Tony DeLap – A Survey of Works: 1960s-2000s,” is curated by Genevieve Williams.

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Photos by Euree Hong

(L-R) Andrew Myers and Gary McDermott captured in front of Tony DeLap’s “Pro (Double-Sided),” mixed media assemblage, c. 1965 at The Honarkar Foundation

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(L-R) Gene and Pat Cooper with Diane Holland and Peter Frank

Among the notable attendees who enjoyed Champagne and hors d’oeuvres by Chef Lindsay Smith, Nirvana Kitchen + Pantry were Malcolm Warner (previous director of Laguna Art Museum), were Peter Frank (art critic), Justin Williams (founder/CEO of Blue Door Magazine), Julie Perlin Lee (director of Laguna Art Museum), Eric Brinkman (Cultural Arts supervisor Manhattan Beach), Mike McGee (curator), Gene Cooper (art historian), Julia Freidman (art historian/critic), Horst Noppenberger (architect) and many artists including G. Ray Kerciu, Andy Moses, Kelly Berg, Scot Heywood, Tom Dowling, Eric Johnson, Roy Thurston, David Lee and James Hayward.

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(L-R) Lisa Dowling, Mike McGee (curator, professor), Tom Dowling (artist) and David Lee (artist)

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(L-R) Eva Ross, Kelly Berg (artist) and Eric Brinkman (Cultural Arts supervisor, Manhattan Beach)

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(L-R) Horst Noppenberger (architect), Nansea Williams (artist) and Justin Williams (founder & CEO of “Blue Door Magazine”)

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Director of Laguna Art Museum Julie Perlin Lee

DeLap (b. 1927, Oakland, Calif.; d. 2019, Newport Beach, Calif.) was a pivotal figure on the West Coast and was at the nexus of significant art movements throughout his six-decade career. Recognized as a pioneer of West Coast Minimalism and Op Art, his influence extended to the development of hard-edge painting, the California Light and Space movement, and site-specific installation.

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(L-R) Former Director of Laguna Art Museum Malcolm and Sara Warner with John and Kirsten Rogers

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(L-R) Linda Scott-Katz, Mitchell Katz and Eric Johnson

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(L-R) Marie Chambers (art advisor), James Hayward (artist) and Roy Thurston (artist)

This exhibition features more than 40 paintings, sculptures and drawings, and offers an opportunity to witness the evolution of DeLap’s visionary oeuvre, from his pioneering “floating” sculptures of the 1960s to his mesmerizing explorations of form and illusion in the 2000s. Spanning decades, the exhibition highlights DeLap’s iconic geometric forms, meticulous craftsmanship, and intriguing optical illusions, offering insight into his early studies of perception and space, as well as his later explorations of color, shape and material.

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Installation view of “Tony DeLap, A Survey of Works,” at The Honarkar Foundation

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The “Tony DeLap, A Survey of Works” catalog was available for purchase

DeLap’s influence extends far beyond his own artwork. As a founding faculty member and esteemed teacher at the University of California, Irvine, he inspired subsequent generations of artists and scholars, leaving an indelible mark on the contemporary art landscape. This exhibition, which is on view through May 4, not only celebrates DeLap’s remarkable achievements but also pays homage to his enduring legacy and ongoing impact on the art world.

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Yummy hors d’oeuvres by Chef Lindsay Smith, Nirvana Kitchen + Pantry

The exhibition catalog was available for purchase.

The Honarkar Foundation is located at 298 Broadway St., Laguna Beach. For more information, visit www.thehonarkarfoundation.org.


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