Tyler and Brad's Index to Early Gay Publications & Periodicals
Tony DeFrange: Artist of a Generation
Anthony De Frange
The paintings and articles about Tony De Frange are from Jonathan Runkel's Anthony De Frange archive.
Tony De Frange was an active member of the lively San Francisco Gay Community during important and formative years of the 60's and 70's. He showed at the Geary Gallery and his work appeared in many venues including the cover of "California Scene." His work is currently in the collection of the Leslie/Lohman Gallery in New York. His paintings are a visual legacy of a culture, generation and era fundamental to queer history and identity.
Anthony DeFrange is also known as: A. DeFrange, Antonio DeFrange and Tony DeFrange.
Some years ago you very kindly added my friend Jonathan Runckel’s paintings by Anthony deFrange to your website archive. Jonathan later decided not to sell them, but to donate them to the Leslie-Lohman Museum whose representative had appraised them for him. He wrote that wish into his will, but failed to sign the will before he passed away this Spring to my enduring sadness. His horrible relatives ignored all of his wishes, and among other things, sold the paintings at auction in May.
Here is the codicil of his will: "I leave to Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art of New York, New York, for their own use absolutely, the following: Four paintings by Anthony DeFrange. If Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art decline the gift, then I leave this property toGLBT History Museum of San Francisco, California.”
A cautionary tale. If you like, feel free to add the quote from his will, and the caution to “Sign your Will.”
Additional paintings not in Johathan's collection are below.