"Surfboards by Clement Greenberg"
In “Surfboards by Clement Greenberg,” Dayton revives the era of both the Beach Boys and Clement Greenberg, when surf culture reigned supreme and when critics had the power to shape art history. His new paintings, because they resemble the iconic surfboards of the late 1960s, conjure up the days when bronzed, blonde southern Californians strapped longboards shaped by Greg Noll and Hobart “Hobie” Alter to their woodies and headed for Malibu Beach. But, they also give a respectful nod to the Post-Painterly Abstract artists that Greenberg championed (think Kenneth Noland’s stripes and Barnett Newman’s zips) in his essay “Modernist Painting” (1960), which simultaneously launched Minimalism and signaled Modernism’s death knoll. Since the 1990s, Peter Dayton has garnered a national reputation for his collaged flower paintings that reference the psychedelic era of Andy Warhol as well as the slick 1980s consumer culture exemplified in the work of Jeff Koons. He holds a BFA from Tufts University and has studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Rochester Institute of Technology (with Nam Jun Paik), and the Master Workshop of Fine Arts, Southampton, New York. The Houston Museum of Fine Arts and Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York has collected his art. Born in 1955 in New York City, Dayton currently resides in East Hampton, New York.