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Untitled: The Art of James Castle

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Untitled: The Art of James Castle photo
Smithsonian American Art Museum

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By Michael O’Sullivan
Friday, September 26, 2014


Idaho folk artist James Castle (1899--1977) is known for drawings, constructions and books fashioned from discarded food containers and other found materials, on which he would draw, typically using a sharpened stick or nail dipped into a handmade ink of spittle and soot.

On Friday, the Smithsonian American Art Museum opens “Untitled: The Art of James Castle,” showcasing the museum’s 2013 acquisition of 54 pieces by the idiosyncratic artist, who was born deaf and never acquired a conventional means of communication. On Thursday at 6:30 p.m., curator Nicholas Bell will moderate a free panel discussion exploring Castle’s life and work.