James Castle : Show and Store

James Castle : Show and Store
Author: Suzanne Hudson Briony Fer Zoe Leonard
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Publisher: Distributed Art Publishers
Book Format: Hardback
Binding: None
Pages: 224
Hours of reading: 3.7 hours
Publication Date: 2021
Languages: | English |
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About the book

For more than six decades, James Castle (1899-1977) dedicated himself virtually full-time to the activity of making art, producing a vast and accomplished body of work, much of which he managed to preserve. Growing up in rural Idaho, Castle devised his own art materials and techniques, making ink for drawing by moistening soot from the family stove with his own saliva and using discarded paper and other materials. In the 1950s, through the efforts of family members, Castle's work came to the attention of the local art community, and it began to be exhibited in Idaho and the Pacific Northwest, often under the rubric of outsider or self-taught art. Not until the late 1990s, however, did it appear in mainstream art circuits. Castle's work poses numerous challenges for the art historian. He was born profoundly deaf and never adopted conventional means of communication and thus never commented on his art. His works are neither titled nor dated, and it is difficult to trace an evolution or establish a chronology. As a result, previous scholarship has tended to focus on Castle's biography or on specific aspects of his oeuvre. James Castle: Show and Storetakes a different approach, looking at the entire scope of the artist's production--which included drawings, constructions made from found pieces of colored card and handmade books--and emphasizing the centrality of his display and storage methods to his practice. The essays in this volume also question the notion of Castle as an artist who worked in isolation from the world at large, examining his copying and reuse of images derived from printed media, including advertising and product packaging, and perhaps even television. Illustrated with more than 200 full-color reproductions, Show and Storeexamines drawings, handmade books, cardboard and paper constructions and collages. Born profoundly deaf, James Castle (1899-1977) never fully learned to read or write, instead developing his own unique sign system and visual vocabulary. He won some local acclaim during his lifetime (including 1963 and 1976 exhibitions at the Boise Gallery of Art) but only achieved international recognition after his death in 1977.




If there were a job application for America's archetypal "outsider artist," James Castle could check almost all the appropiate boxes: Deaf, illiterate, untrained, and undiscovered until he reached his fifties, he lived his entire life (he died in 1977) on a farm in Idaho. As it happens, his art-produced over more than six decades-communes with many of the twentieth centruy's most salient aesthetic trends, even as it seems to have been very much a private means of understanding his home and faimly.--Bookforum

Suzanne Hudson Biography

Suzanne Hudson has taught college English for 15 years, including courses in theatre, playwriting, literature, and composition. She has written three college composition textbooks: WRITING ABOUT THEATRE AND DRAMA, THE ART OF WRITING ABOUT ART, and THINKING AND WRITING IN THE HUMANITIES. Nancy Noonan has taught college art history and humanities for 15 years. She speaks about the strategies of art and artists to corporations and organizations through her company, Artful Solutions. Nancy also is the co-author of the book, HOW TO BE A SUPER ACHIEVER: 12 STRATEGIES FOR UNLEASHING YOUR SUCCESS. ... Read full biography

Authors: Suzanne Hudson Briony Fer Zoe Leonard
Publisher: Distributed Art Publishers
Languages: | English |
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ISBN13: 9781935202707
ISBN10: 1935202707
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Illustrations: Illustrated in colour throughout
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Book Format: Hardback
Book Binding: None
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Pages: 224
Book Weight: 1410
Book Dimensions: 225x279x22.86
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Publication date: Oct. 31, 2011
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Publication City/Country: New York, United States

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