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Laguna Art Museum  The museum of California art. An artistic destination and a relevant, respected center of culture in Laguna Beach. Celebrating đź’Ż years in 2018.

The work we posted yesterday, Queen Zozer, appears to be reproduced in the lines of this bold blue print from 1965, which has become the signature image of our Tony DeLap retrospective.
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Tony DeLap, Portrait of Queen Zozer II, 1965, silkscreen, edition of 20, Laguna Art Museum, Gift of Stephen McLaughlin.
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Zozer may refer to the Egyptian Zoser, also read as Djoser, from the 3rd dynasty during the Old Kingdom. The Pyramid of Djoser is considered to be the earliest large stone construction of a step pyramid in Egypt.
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Tony DeLap, Queen Zozer, 1964-68, cast fiberglass, Collection of Jayne and Michael Flinn.
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Marcia Hafif, 1929-2018.
The news of Marcia Hafif’s death has saddened us all. She was a good friend to the museum, and in 2015 we had the privilege of presenting an exhibition of her paintings. Marcia considered an exhibition to be a work of art in itself, and the experience of discussing, designing, installing, and lighting the show, along with the production of the accompanying book, was an education in the aesthetics of perfection. Knowing and working closely with an artist of her stature was an honor made all the more memorable by her graciousness, her humor, and the sheer liveliness of her mind. Although she made her reputation on the east coast and in Europe, we have reason to be proud of this celebrated artist who grew up in Laguna Beach and returned to live here, largely under the radar, for the last twenty years of her life. She loved Laguna, and the natural beauty of the place was an important source of inspiration for her art. “Walking often on the shore,” she wrote, “I was influenced by the colors of the sea, the sky and the sand, by the seashells and seaweed, the dark clouds over the horizon in the evening, the shining colors reflected in the sand as the waves fell back.”

In 1964-65, Tony DeLap spent a year teaching in the renowned art department at @ucdavis. In 1965, he was the first art professor to be hired at the new @ucirvine, where he taught for nearly thirty years.
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Tony DeLap, The Specialist, 1965, canvas, stainless steel, board, lacquer, and Plexiglas, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, gift of the Women’s Board.
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The magpie is a type of bird widely considered one of the most intelligent animals in the world, and one of the only non-mammal species able to recognize itself in a mirror.
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Tony DeLap, Magpie, 1963, canvas wood, stainless steel, Plexiglas, and lacquer, Private collection.
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The film chronicling LAM’s history, from its founding in 1918 to today, premieres this week! “On Thursday, April 19, as part of a yearlong centennial celebration, the museum screens the film… documenting the evolution of the museum and its influence on the town. Already sold out, the film by Dale Shierholt will make an encore screening at the museum Sunday, April 22.” The @lagunabeachindy reports: goo.gl/qVypoY
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"At 90, Tony DeLap—whose shaped canvases and painted aluminum sculptures continue to defy boundaries—is being celebrated with a career retrospective at Laguna Art Museum." @lala_magazine visits the artist in his studio.
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"An extraordinary oeuvre of unusual hybrid creations." @artandcakela​ visits our Tony DeLap exhibition. Read: goo.gl/AhwLkX
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Tony DeLap's glass-encased boxes picked up on the emerging Pop Art sensibility of the early 1960s. Clever and amusing wordplay contrasts with the incredibly refined fabrication of small ridges that lead to an aperture at the center of each object.
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Tony DeLap, Ping Pong, 1962, lacquer, transfer letters, chipboard, wood, glass, and stainless steel, Collection of Robert Hayden III and Rick Silver.
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Tony DeLap’s works often incorporate both painting and sculpture, and here, the use of graphic design elements. The pristine, double-sided plane allows the viewer to look through tiny slivers of space to the other side.
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Tony DeLap, Flip Flop, 1963, lacquer, transfer letters, wood, glass, and stainless steel, Laguna Art Museum, Gift of Ruth and Murray Gribin.
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Tony DeLap has been a leading practitioner of Southern California minimalism and “finish/fetish,” and has played a part in the development of op art, the California Light and Space movement, site-specific installation, and… hard-edge painting.
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Tony DeLap, Hard Edge, 1963, lacquer, transfer letters, wood, glass, and stainless steel, Orange County Museum of Art, Gift of Jerry and Sandy Canter.
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Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” has been described as the best known, most visited, most written about work of art in the world. Tony DeLap’s “Mona Lisa” is a double-sided abstracted version, combining sculpture, painting, and collage within a glass box.
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Tony DeLap, Mona Lisa, 1962, lacquer, transfer letters, wood, chipboard, glass, and stainless steel, University of New Mexico Art Museum, Gift of Dr. Samuel A. West.
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