Idaho’s James Castle will receive a show at the Smithsonian American Art Museum from Sept. 26 to Feb. 1, 2015, in Washington, D.C.
The 54 pieces in “Untitled: The Art of James Castle” is a gift of the James Castle Collection and Archive and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment.
Castle arguably is Idaho's most internationally acclaimed artist. He was profoundly deaf, unable to hear or speak. He grew up in Garden Valley and lived in Boise until he died in 1977. In the past two decades he has gained international acclaim and is widely collected. Receiving no formal art training, Castle is considered an outsider artist.
He created a huge volume of artwork out of the materials at hand in his parents’ general store and home: old school books, milk cartons, cardboard, envelopes, scraps of paper and string. Today, Castle's art is in major museum collections throughout the United States, including the American Folk Art Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.
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Boise Art Museum has some, as does the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which organized a retrospective in 2008. The Boise Art Museum and Boise State University also have his work in their collections.