Wendell Dayton

American, b. 1938

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Wendell Dayton

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American, b. 1938

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Wendell Dayton was a sculptor known for his evocative assemblages fashioned from metal parts. Although he rarely showed work during his lifetime, Dayton was a member of the Park Place Gallery Group, an artist’s cooperative known for creating large-scale sculptures in the mid-1960s. He studied painting at Indiana University, but later transitioned into fashioning large sculptures made of wood, various metals, and stainless steel while living in New York. Dayton returned to Los Angeles in 1972 and primarily worked as a carpenter to support his young family, showing art and selling pieces quietly from time to time. In 2018, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art acquired one of his early sculptures, Crescent (1968), for its permanent collection. The stainless steel sculpture is over eight feet tall and consists of an intersecting triangle and crescent, which shift and contrast as the viewer moves around the piece. Blum & Poe staged a major survey of his work later that year.

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Wendell Dayton was a sculptor known for his evocative assemblages fashioned from metal parts. Although he rarely showed work during his lifetime, Dayton was a member of the Park Place Gallery Group, an artist’s cooperative known for creating large-scale sculptures in the mid-1960s. He studied painting at Indiana University, but later transitioned into fashioning large sculptures made of wood, various metals, and stainless steel while living in New York. Dayton returned to Los Angeles in 1972 and primarily worked as a carpenter to support his young family, showing art and selling pieces quietly from time to time. In 2018, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art acquired one of his early sculptures, Crescent (1968), for its permanent collection. The stainless steel sculpture is over eight feet tall and consists of an intersecting triangle and crescent, which shift and contrast as the viewer moves around the piece. Blum & Poe staged a major survey of his work later that year.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Art in America
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Wendell Dayton, the 80-Year-Old Sculptor L.A.’s Art World Is Buzzing About
Jun 29th, 2018
Wendell Dayton, the 80-Year-Old Sculptor L.A.’s Art World Is Buzzing About
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