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1 squared, 2010. Arthur L. Carter (b.1931). Stainless steel, 36″ x 36″.

The New Britain Museum of American Art is pleased to host the exhibition of sculptural paintings by the artist Arthur L. Carter on view from September 30th to November 27th in the Davis Gallery. The title of the show, Orthogonals, refers to the property in mathematics – orthogonality – in which two vectors are perpendicular. A wonderful blend of art and mathematics, the rectangles, squares, triangles, and lines in Carter’s wall reliefs coexist and intersect in surprising ways to create an atmosphere that is both musical and harmonious.

Trained as a classical pianist, Carter produces art that can be described as a symphony of diverse and contrasting elements. Though an accomplished sculptor, he did not commit to the craft until 1990, having previously earned a living as a successful investment banker, entrepreneur, and publisher for a number of newspapers such as The Nation and The New York Observer. His propensity for order, which is evident in his business ventures (he has owned and operated more than a hundred industrial companies) and interest in graphic design during his publishing days, eventually manifested itself into a form of sculpture. Carter’s decision to adopt sculpture as his medium was inspired by a long standing interest in geometry and the organization of space and structure – elements he dealt with constantly as a newspaper publisher.

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Sioux Indian Buffalo Dance, modeled 1902, cast 1967. Solon H. Borglum (1868-1922). Bronze, 37 x 51 ½ x 20 in. New Britain Museum of American Art, Gift of the Solon H. Borglum Sculpture and Education Fund, 1974.69.

Solon H. Borglum (1868-1922) was born to Danish parents in Ogden, Utah. His father, a Mormon country doctor, had many horses that he rode throughout his life. When he was about fifteen, Solon followed his brother Gutzon (1867-1941) to Los Angeles where he was studying art. Solon became a rancher in Nebraska, a job that would provide him with material for his future artistic endeavors. Gutzon, who carved the monumental presidential portraits on Mount Rushmore between 1927 and 1934, urged Solon to leave the ranch and devote himself exclusively to art. (more…)

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Almost daily we hear about better ways of going “green” and it appears that the trend to be environmentally friendly has hit the art world to. Artists are now beginning to find a new medium to work with: recycled objects. Their inspirations are drawn from a wide variety of subject matter, such as classical imagery, models, ideals, or simply finding an aesthetic way to display “trash.”

Vollis Simpson, 91, is a self-taught artist who makes sculptures out of steel and aluminum. His sculptures, windmills, andwhirligigs are constructed of old fans, washing machine parts, or whatever he finds in the junkyard. However, Simpson has only recently become a full time artist. (more…)

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Alphabet, 2005. Dalton Ghetti (b. 1961). Pencil and graphite. Collection of the Artist.

Pencils have been associated with art for hundreds of years, but it is only recently that they have been used for sculptures rather than to draw with. Artist Dalton Ghetti, a Brazilian native now living in Bridgeport, CT, has been carving miniature sculptures into the graphite of pencils since he was a school boy in Brazil. However, he makes a living as a carpenter. He received his associate’s degree in architecture from Norwalk Community Technical College. As a child in Brazil, Ghetti sharpened his pencils with a razor blade, which led to him experiment with carving into the wood of the pencils and then with other materials such as chalk, soap, and tree bark. Eventually, he discovered the ease with which graphite could be carved into because of its smooth texture. He uses No. 2 pencils and stronger, flat carpenter pencils. (more…)

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Flight of Night, 1916. Paul Howard Manship, (1885-1966). Bronze, height: 18 in. New Britain Museum of American Art, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Scheuch, 1973.111.

Paul Howard Manship was born into a large family in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  Following in his older brother Luther’s footsteps, he turned to the arts at a young age.  However, unlike his brother who studied painting, Paul chose to pursue sculpture. Since he was colorblind, he elected to work with monochromatic bronze. Manship studied in New York City, Philadelphia, and, most importantly, Rome, where he took an interest in Classical mythology.  He was considered to be a practitioner of the Academic style due to his frequent use of allegorical and mythological subjects.  Manship received a multitude of awards for his works as well as prestigious commissions, such as the Prometheus Fountain at the Rockefeller Center in New York City. (more…)

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