Fairfield University Art Museum Presents Peter Anton: Just Desserts

Fairfield University Art Museum Presents Peter Anton: Just Desserts

Art exhibition sculpture piece of an assortment of chocolates.

Photo: Peter Anton,Grand Deluxe Assortment, mixed media, ©2024

A solo sculpture exhibition of Peter Anton’s enormous, inedible sweets will be on view May 10 through July 27 at the Fairfield University Art Museum's Walsh Gallery.

The Fairfield University Art Museum is pleased to present Peter Anton: Just Desserts, a solo exhibition of Anton’s incredibly realistic, oversized pop sculptures of desserts, on view from May 10 through July 27.

Anton’s models for his array of desserts come from products that are instantly familiar to the viewer and evoke nostalgia for childhood (and adult) favorites. Sculptures featured in the exhibition include a melting chocolate-covered ice cream pop, a candy apple, a gigantic box of donuts, and an enormous box featuring a deluxe assortment of chocolates, with one empty brown paper candy cup.

Fairfield University Art Museum Executive Director Carey Weber said, “I am delighted that we are able to present this exuberantly fun exhibition featuring the work of an internationally renowned sculptor. It is particularly exciting to have this exhibition in Fairfield, Anton’s hometown, where it can be appreciated by his friends and family, as well as to introduce his artwork to those who may not be familiar with it.”

Located in Fairfield University Art Museum’s Walsh Gallery, the exhibition is accessible through the museum’s website as a video tour and a 3-D virtual tour.

The museum celebrated the opening of this exhibition on May 9 with a reception and lecture by Amy Nawrocki and Eric D. Lehman, who spoke about centuries of dessert-making in the Nutmeg State. Nawrocki and Lehman are the authors of A History of Connecticut Food. The reception featured free samples of Peter Anton special edition chocolates and ice cream sundaes, with gourmet ice creams and chocolate sauce generously provided by exhibition sponsor BE Chocolat of Fairfield.

About the Artist – Peter Anton (American, b. 1963)

For over 25 years, Peter Anton’s iconic works have been extensively exhibited in solo exhibitions throughout the world, including the Allan Stone Gallery, Hammer Galleries, Bruce R. Lewin Gallery, and Unix Gallery in New York City; Urban Art in Seoul; Guy Pieters Gallery in Belgium; Gallery Delaive in Amsterdam; Rarity Gallery in Mykonos; Scott Richards Contemporary Art in San Francisco; Gallery Valentine in East Hampton; and Arcature Fine Art in Palm Beach.

Anton has exhibited in numerous museums, including solo exhibitions at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum and Netherlands’ Museum Jan van der Togt in Amstelveen. His work has been included in group exhibitions at the Museum Villa Rot in Burgrieden-Rot, Germany; the Austin Museum of Art in Texas; the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, New York; the Fresno Metropolitan Art Museum; the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, Wyoming; the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut; the Castellani Art Museum in Niagara, New York; the COPIA Museum in Napa Valley, California; the William Benton Museum in Storrs, Connecticut; the Schloss Gottorf Museum in Schleswig, Germany; the Museum Ritter in Waldenbuch, Germany; the Strathmore Museum in Bethesda, Maryland; the Schloss Neuenburg Museum in Neuenburg, Germany; the Wilhelm Hack Museum in Ludwigshafen, Germany; the Staatliche Kunsthalle in Karlsruhe, Germany; the Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin; the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri; the Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center in Lake Charles, Louisiana; the Copelouzos Art Museum in Athens, Greece; and the Madden Museum of Art in Denver, Colorado.

Peter Anton's work is widely collected and is featured in several prestigious private, corporate, and museum collections including that of Steven A. Cohen; the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art; Sir Howard Stringer; Keith Richards; the Jordanian Royal Family; Lord Norman Foster; Oppenheim Bank; the Lisser Art Museum, The Netherlands; the Copelouzos Art Museum, Athens, Greece; The Blackstone Resort Hotel, Korea; Breitling Watches; Raymond James Financial; Perfetti Van Melle; the Dennis Hopper Collection; Susanne & Wolfgang Porsche; Siemens AG; Nike; and President Bill Clinton.

Learn more at the exhibition website.

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