Arthur Carter: Sculptures and Drawings

12/22/17
Boca Raton Museum of Art

 On view Jan. 9–Apr. 8, 2018

With an artistic practice inspired by mathematics and music, it comes as no surprise that Arthur Carter’s artworks are marked by clean lines and a sense of sophisticated grace. His dedication to balance and precision is evident in the monumental sculptures at 90 Park Avenue South and New York University’s Bobst Library near Washington Square in New York City – the works for which he is perhaps best known – and in the exhibition of his work on view at the Boca Raton Museum of Art January 9 through April 8, 2018 entitled Arthur Carter: Sculptures and Drawings.

The exhibition features a selection of Carter’s abstract sculptures and wall-mounted reliefs. Grounded in the lyrical abstraction of geometry, his work features elegant and meticulously executed squares, circles, lines, and ellipses. The precision inherent in Carter’s work reflects his lifelong interest in music, having trained as a classical pianist in his youth. He is equally fascinated with mathematics and experiments with the ancient Fibonacci sequence, the geometry of the golden ratio, and the Mobius strip. The sophistication and elegance of Carter’s work is the reflection of his analytical mind and a Constructivist and Modernist aesthetic.

This focused exhibition shows the artist’s respect for the underlying order of things. Carter’s sculptures are noteworthy for their economic use of materials, precision, and lyricism.  His paintings and drawings, often studies for sculptures, reveal more of his thought process as well as another layer of his vision. 

“I like to keep the slate pure and clean,” explains Carter.  “My work focuses on simplifying and eliminating the excessive.  The question is, how does purity of design lend itself to making a beautiful and elegant piece?”

This exhibition is made possible by the Museum’s Leadership Fund with major support generously provided by the Estate of Ardele L. Garrod, the Isadore & Kelly Friedman Foundation, Jody H. & Martin Grass, Christine & Peter Raimondi, Dalia & Duane Stiller, and those who wish to remain anonymous. Additional support is provided in part by the City of Boca Raton; the Board of County Commissioners, the Tourist Development Council and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Additional support is generously provided by our Members and Donors.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Arthur Carter was a highly successful investment banker and business pioneer before turning to newspaper and magazine publishing in 1981. After founding and serving as publisher of The Litchfied Times and The New York Observer, and in between acquiring and serving as publisher of The Nation magazine, he began making art.

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Contact Kelsey Johnson at kjohnson at bocamuseum dot org for high-res images and interviews with Arthur Carter, Senior Curator Kathleen Goncharov, and Museum Executive Director Irvin Lippman.