William S. Carter (1909-1996) was a nationally recognized and awarded artist, who lived on Chicago's southside for most of his life. Carter was a master of all painting mediums and contributed extensively to the African-American art culture of Chicago.
William Carter was an artist-in-resident in this American closet. His works are a conclusive chronicle of that experience. Moreover, these works leave an indelible legacy of his escape and eventual freedom as an an important American artist. To look at Carter's work is to read a poignant visual journal of vital American history. In it, the observer will see the urban spirit, the hopes, the reason and the earthly pleasures of a people who yet remain confined within the American closet. More significantly, the observer perceives a profound admiration for the irony, perplexity and cohesiveness which govern the daily life of this people. Through this, the observer can share Carter's view of life that tomorrow will always be the brightest day of one's life.Review by Robert Pegram Dilworth