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First Museum Survey Devoted to Artist James Castle to Open at the Art Institute of Chicago
Dream house with yellow sidewalk, James Castle (American, 1899-1977), colored wash, 5 1/2 x 7 ¾ inches. The James Castle Collection, L.P.
NEW YORK, NY.- The Art Institute of Chicago will host the first comprehensive museum exhibition of art by James Castle (1899-1977), one of the most enigmatic and extraordinary self-taught artists to emerge in the United States during the 20th century. James Castle: A Retrospective--on view in the Jean and Steven Goldman Prints and Drawings Galleries in the Richard and Mary L. Gray Wing of the Art Institute (G124-127) from October 10, 2009 through January 3, 2010--examines the full range of the artist's work, bringing together more than 200 drawings, books, and constructions from across the United States. This exhibition marks the largest presentation of Castle's work ever to be seen in Chicago.

Castle, who had no formal artistic training, has received growing attention over the past few decades for his distinctive, searching works with their unique handmade quality, graphic skill, and visual and conceptual range. Deaf since birth, Castle never adopted speech, sign language, lip-reading, writing, or any of the usual modes of communicating with other people. Instead, he pursued art as his primary means of communication, drawing nearly every day of his relatively secluded life in Idaho and structuring his own sense of place through the precise architectural and spatial references of his familiar surroundings. Though he led a somewhat isolated life, only attending school for approximately five years, he used magazines, books, catalogues, advertisements, commercial packaging, newspapers, and cartoons as sources for inspiration, transforming ordinary into extraordinary images with his constantly investigative and analytical mind.

James Castle: A Retrospective is comprised of a wide selection of images and objects in the media most often used by the artist: drawing, collage, and assemblage. Castle developed his favorite medium and method of working at a young age: mixing stove soot with saliva and applying this "ink" with sharpened sticks and cotton wads to such found materials as product packaging and discarded paper. These everyday materials give his works a singular, immediate, and appealing natural quality that perfectly complements the skill and acuteness with which he manipulated his materials. Many of his soot and spit drawings depict rooms in his family's farmhouse and outdoor views of buildings on the property, usually represented from memory and often embellished with odd surrealistic images. These drawings exhibit a superb handling of stick-applied line and deft tonal washes. Evident in this exhibition are Castle's mastery of linear perspective and the pleasure he took in creating such architectonic renderings.

The exhibition also includes Castle's remarkable works in color, often based in home-found materials such as laundry bluing, face powder, or color leached out of crepe paper by soaking. These compositions, stemming from appropriated images from popular publications and mass-produced printed materials, are often characterized by startlingly "surreal" shifts in scale or are peopled with fantasy figures like women with cat heads or wheel feet.

Castle also worked three-dimensionally, creating "constructions" or assemblages of people, barnyard fowl, articles of clothing, household objects and furniture, and architectural elements such as doors or windows. These constructions are small, abstracted explorations of common objects, yet they are also extremely complicated, requiring skillful cutting, tearing, folding, stitching, and gluing of his found papers and cardboards.

The artist garnered some local acclaim during his lifetime (including exhibitions in 1963 and 1976 at the Boise Gallery of Art) but only achieved international recognition decades after his death in 1977. Castle's work is now included in major museum collections throughout the U.S., including the American Folk Art Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the High Museum in Atlanta, Georgia; the Boise Art Museum; and the Art Institute of Chicago.

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