Synopses & Reviews
With more than 170 sculptures, drawings, and paintings, this is the first comprehensive view of the art of Renaissance man Arthur Carter. Successful in journalism and business, and trained as a classical pianist, Carter is an accomplished artist in the modernist tradition. His abstract sculptures allude to human gestures and interactions. Though firmly grounded, they appear on the verge of flight. Though silent, they suggest song. His lyrical drawings and rigorous paintings, often studies for sculptures, are informed by a deep familiarity with the artists he admires most: Mondrian, Kandinsky, Arp, Bracque, and Picasso.
Art historian and journalist Charles A. Riley II explores Carter's work, and Peter Kaplan, editor of the New York Observer, contributes an illuminating biographical essay. Arthur Carter: Sculptures, Drawings, and Paintings presents the compelling artistic vision of a fascinating man.
Arthur Carterand#8217;s metal sculpture is a form of drawing in space, and so it is not surprising that analytical, exploratory drawing is the foundation of his practice as an artist. Arthur Carter: Studies for Construction reproduces more than 200 of his drawings, which reveal the attention to interval and rhythm of the trained classical musician that he is. Carter, who has spent much of his life in the upper reaches of finance and journalism, is an artist whose sense of reality is deeply grounded in the lyrical abstractions of geometry: and#8220;Only squares and circles, lines and ellipses,and#8221; he says, and#8220;can elegantly explain and simplify the complex meaning of life.and#8221; Art historian and journalist Charles A. Riley offers a compelling portrait of Carterand#8217;s mind and hand at work.
About the Author
is an artist whose work has been exhibited in New York and Paris. He is currently chairman of the Board of Overseers of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at New York University. Charles A. Riley II
is an art historian, journalist, and entrepreneur. He is the author of Color Codes
; The Saints of Modern Art
; The Jazz Age in France
; and two art monographs from Abrams. Peter Kaplan
is the editor of the New York Observer.