Arthur Carter was born on December 24, 1931, in New York City. Trained as a classical pianist, he continued his studies in French literature at Brown University and received his AB in 1953.
In 1981 he started his first newspaper, the Litchfield County Times, and six years later he founded the New York Observer. For Carter, the process of lying out and designing the overall look of two newspapers generated an interest in graphics. The front page of both newspapers relied on the square as its dominant theme. Carter began to convert the grids and geometries associated with the printed page from two dimensions to three, using stainless steel.
Arthur Carter’s career as a sculptor became the latest statement of his polymath proclivities. He was soon producing Marquette’s of wood, clay, and copper wire, which evolved into larger constructions in silicon bronze and stainless steel—a number of which are on permanent public display in New York City. Carter maintains a production facility and design studio in Roxbury, Connecticut.
Arthur Carter has been a featured solo artist at many galleries, including the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville, the Grey Art Gallery and 80WSE Galleries at New York University in New York City, and the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, Connecticut.