Arthur Carter: Orthogonals New Britain Museum of American Art

September 30 - November 27, 2011

In Arthur Carter: Orthogonals, mastery of color theory, geometry, and minimalist aesthetics combine in a visually rewarding and cerebrally reeling display of prowess and aptitude. Recalling color theory innovators Piet Mondrian, Josef Albers, and Hans Hofmann, the mathematical geniuses Fibonacci and Pythagoras, and minimalist pioneer Donald Judd, Arthur Carter taps into color’s potential to serve as structure and builds on art’s historical cross-pollination with philosophy, design, mathematics, and technology.


Carter did not come to art via traditional means; in fact, he boasts a tremendous amount of experience in a wide range of fields. He was trained as a classical pianist, earned a degree in French literature from Brown University, served in the U.S. Coast Guard, earned his MBA in Finance, followed a 25-year-long career in investment-banking, founded and published two newspapers, taught as a professor at Iona College and New York University, and has been and continues to be a business owner in multiple companies.


Featured in this exhibition are seven examples from the Orthogonals series and nine other related reliefs and works on paper created between 2008 and 2010 that exemplify the artist’s fascination with number theory, color purity, and minimalist logic and process.