Arthur Carter’s Untitled installed on Front Green for three years
Brown alumnus Arthur Carter (A.B., 1953) was a successful investment banker and business pioneer before turning to newspaper and magazine publishing in 1981. After founding and serving as publisher of The Litchfield Times and The New York Observer, and in between acquiring and serving as publisher of The Nation, Carter began making art.
Inspired by the modernist artists Carter admires most — Picasso, Mondrian, Calder, and David Smith — his sculptures are noteworthy for their economy of means, precision, and lyricism, according to Jo-Ann Conklin, director of the David Winton Bell Gallery. Carter has exhibited at Salander-O’Reilly Galleries, New York; the Galerie Piltzer, Paris: and the Grey Art Gallery at New York University. Two of his monumental sculptures are on permanent display in New York. The Couple (1999) is at 90 Park Avenue South between 39th and 40th Streets. The University (2003), which is related to the work recently installed at Brown, is located next to the Bobst Library at NYU.
Brown’s Public Art Committee arranged for the three-year loan of Carter’s 2003 work. It arrived on a flatbed truck Friday morning, Aug. 20, and was installed at the north end of the Front Green that afternoon.