Carter (artist)

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Carter (artist)
Carter in 2008
John Carter

(1970-01-30) January 30, 1970 (age 49)
ResidenceNew York City, New York, U.S.
Alma materMaryland Institute College of Art,
University of California, Davis
OccupationArtist, director, author, screenwriter
Known forConceptual Art
Carter, "Untitled, 2006#28".
Carter, "Polaroid,#8" 2005.
Carter, "Untitled" 2005.

John Carter (born 1970 in Norwich, Connecticut)[1] is an American multidisciplinary, conceptual artist and film director, using the professional name Carter for his artworks.[2][3] He is based in New York City.


Carter studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1992.[citation needed] He then studied at the artists residency, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1994.[citation needed] Carter earned an M.F.A. degree in 1997 at University of California, Davis.[4]

Carter is best known for his artwork that spans various media from painting and photography to sculptural installations, film and video.[1][5] His works have been exhibited internationally, including the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, Museum of Modern Art, New York,[6] Tate Modern,[7] London, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,[8][9] the USA Today and Abstract America exhibitions, at the Saatchi Gallery in London, England.[10] His works have also been shown at the Royal Academy in London and the Museion in Bolzano, Italy.[11][better source needed]

A comprehensive catalogue of Carter's work edited by Georg Kargl was published in 2008 titled, An Arm with Hair, (The Vienna Catalogue 1973).[12] Publication Studios in 2009 published Carter's "California Film: 1996".[13]

Film direction[edit]

Carter's first feature film, Erased James Franco was released in 2008.[14][15] It stars the American actor, James Franco in a performance that has him reenact every film and television appearance from his entire career.[16] The film also features Franco playing the part of Julianne Moore as her character in the film Safe directed by Todd Haynes and as Rock Hudson in the 1966 film Seconds.

James Franco's appearances as a version of 'himself' on the daytime soap opera, General Hospital was inspired by Carter[17] and can be seen as another facet or an extension of the work that began with the film, Erased James Franco.

Maladies, written and directed by Carter was filmed in New York in December 2010.[18] It stars Catherine Keener, James Franco, David Strathairn, Alan Cumming, Fallon Goodson and Mary Beth Peil and its soundtrack was composed by J Ralph. In 2013, Maladies, premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival[19][20] and the SXSW film festival in Austin, Texas[21][22] and was released theatrically and VOD through Tribeca Films in March, 2014.[23]

Carter's Polaroid photography can be seen in the traveling exhibition, The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation[24] and in the publication The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation.[25]


  1. ^ a b "Whitney Museum of American Art". Biennial Catalogue. 2006. Retrieved October 26, 2007.
  2. ^ Yan, Cathy (2009-12-04). "Conceptual Artist Carter on James Franco's General Hospital Appearance: "It was my idea"". WSJ. Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  3. ^ "It Doesn't Get More Meta Than James Franco's Art-House Debut". Flavorwire. 2009-04-08. Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  4. ^ "Carter in conversation with Dan Spencer" (PDF). UC Davis. 2011. Retrieved 2019-01-02.
  5. ^ "Review: Carter". Frieze Magazine. 2008-09-07. Archived from the original on 2008. Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  6. ^ "MoMA | An Evening with Carter". 2010-11-23. Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  7. ^ "Tate Modern|Film|Carter". Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  8. ^ "Erased James Franco". Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  9. ^ Krasinski, Jennifer (2009-05-05). "Erased James Franco". Frieze Magazine. Archived from the original on 2009. Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  10. ^ Carter Exhibit at the Saatchi Gallery
  11. ^ Georg Kargl Gallery
  12. ^ An Arm with Hair, (The Vienna Catalogue 1973) (ISBN 978-3-7082-3254-6)
  13. ^ "California Film: 1996, (ISBN 978-0-9843-0607-7)
  14. ^ Rappolt, Mark (2009). "Carter". Art Review Magazine. Retrieved 2019-01-03 – via AR Sept
  15. ^ Streitfeld, Lisa Paul (2013-02-26). "(R)evolution in Berlin: 63rd Berlinale Resurrects Berlin's Cultural Heritage". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  16. ^ Davis, Peter (2008-10-17). "ERASED JAMES FRANCO". Paper Magazine. Archived from the original on 2013.
  17. ^ Yan, Cathy (2009-12-04). "Conceptual Artist Carter on James Franco's General Hospital Appearance: "It was my idea"". WSJ. Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  18. ^ "SXSW: Is James Franco's Art Imitating Life in 'Maladies'? (Q&A)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  19. ^ "Maladies". Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  20. ^ Stone, Susan (2013-02-12). "James Franco's Berlin triple play includes 'Maladies' premiere". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  21. ^ "Maladies | Schedule |". SXSW Schedule 2013. Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  22. ^ "5 Questions with "Maladies" Director Carter : SXSW Baby". 2014-02-02. Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  23. ^ "Maladies". Tribeca Film Festival. 2014. Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  24. ^ Coppelman, Alyssa (2013-08-01). "Experimenting With the Instant Gratification of Polaroid Film". Slate Magazine. Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  25. ^ The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation. ISBN 978-3791352640

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