The James Castle House will open to the public, free of charge, this Saturday, April 28, and in the process of renovating the complex there have been some unexpected discoveries.
An exhibition at the New York Studio School gathers about 50 of Castle’s strangely poetic drawings and cardboard constructions.
The exhibition includes rarely seen books, ephemera, and sources of inspiration from the James Castle Collection & Archive LP and The William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation Inc.
This year, the visions at the Independent Art Fair were multiple, with some galleries dedicating their booths to outsider and unknown artists, as well as work that is a bit more playful.
This week Boise, Idaho, took ownership of the late self-taught artist James Castle’s longtime home, which will be restored into a cultural facility commemorating his life and offering residency and exhibition space to local and national artists.
In 1899, in the remote Idahoan village of Garden Valley, James Castle was born completely deaf. For the rest of his life, he couldn’t hear, speak, read, or write. Our only glimpses into his mind are the drawings and collages he created using scavenged paper and soot mixed with his own spit.
Using spit and soot, artist James Castle communicated with the world. Castle, who was deaf, spent his life in Idaho, using art as his main outlet; he never signed, spoke, or wrote in any direct way.
It’s not very often that one can report that a triptych by an orangutan isn’t the best thing in a show, but it’s not very often that one has the opportunity to take stock of Rosemarie Trockel’s art.
The triptych is a brushy abstraction by a simian named Tilda, and it is hanging on the second floor of the New Museum, where the major exhibition Rosemarie Trockel: A Cosmos is ranging across three stories of gallery space.