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James Castle: A Retrospective

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James Castle (1899-1977) never learned to speak, read, or write, nor did he ever leave his native state of Idaho, and yet he created a wide range of extraordinary works that resonate with much of twentieth-century art. This book offers the first critical exploration of the many creative genres of this self-taught artist, who first came to notice in the 1950s and 1960s but ...more
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published November 25th 2008 by Philadelphia Museum of Art (first published October 6th 2008)
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Eddie Watkins
Dec 11, 2008 Eddie Watkins rated it it was amazing
Shelves: visual-art
James Castle is now right up there with Henry Darger, Martin Ramirez, Adolf Wolfli, and Bill Traylor as one of my favorite “outsider” artists, but for an outsider artist he was fairly “normal”. Yes he was born deaf and never learned to speak, refused to work on his family’s farm, preferring instead to sit at his table drawing all day, and when he drew he used soot and spit rather than typical artists' materials; but for all that he was still fairly normal. Unlike the typical outsider artist he l ...more
Charles Dee Mitchell
Mar 01, 2010 Charles Dee Mitchell rated it really liked it
Shelves: art
Castle has entered the canon of American outsider artists. A long biographical essay places Castle in his time and corrects several of the myths that have already accumulated around the artist. An interview with painter Terry Winters provides a special insight into how one artist views another.
Leonard
Mar 03, 2016 Leonard rated it it was amazing
Another large format book with pictures and text about Castle and his life. This is a great source of information about this severely handicapped artist who used to live a couple blocks from where I live now.
Suzanne
Feb 21, 2010 Suzanne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art-does
almost a local artist, this thoughtful book on this outsider artist is inspirational -- as a disabled man with a supportive family, he flourished! comes with a good DVD too
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