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Boise Art Museum Opens James Castle's Tying it Together
James Castle, Rooster, found cardboard, string, pigment, 9.75" x 10.5". Collection of Boise Art Museum.


BOISE, ID.- Boise Art Museum presents the work of Idaho artist James Castle (1900-1977), in an exhibition entitled Tying it Together, through September 27, 2009.

Since first displaying James Castle’s work in 1963, the Boise Art Museum has acquired the largest publicly held collection of his remarkable art. Raised in Garden Valley, Idaho, James Castle was a self-taught artist who was born deaf and never learned to read, write, or use sign language. Castle ignored traditional drawing materials in favor of discarded cardboard, scraps of paper, and homemade charcoal and dyes. He devoted a lifetime to the creation of his unique images, producing drawings, assemblages, and books illustrating his rural Idaho environment.

Tying it Together celebrates Castle’s growing national renown, and will feature a new documentary film, James Castle: Portrait of an Artist. James Castle’s work was recently exhibited in a major retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art that will travel to the Art Institute of Chicago and The Berkeley Art Museum.





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