James Castle

Exhibitions, CV, Press



James Castle was born in 1899 in Garden Valley, Idaho, and died in 1977 in Boise, Idaho. A major retrospective of his work was mounted at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA (2008) and traveled to The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (2009), and the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA (2010). Other solo exhibitions of his work have been presented at Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C. (2014); Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain (2011); Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID (2005); and The Drawing Center, New York, NY (2000), among many others. His work has been included in group exhibitions at the 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2013); the Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (2005); Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (2004); American Folk Art Museum, New York, NY (2002); and The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (2000), among others. Most recently his work has been on view in Outliers and American Vanguard Art at the National Gallery National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C that will travel to the High Art Museum, Atlanta, GA in Summer 2018, and to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA in late 2018. Castle's work is included in the collections of the American Folk Art Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the High Museum in Atlanta, GA; the Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID; and the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.



James Castle
Untitled (goose with red tail), n.d. found paper, string and color of unknown origin
10 x 11 1/2 x 3/4 inches
JCas 603


James Castle
Untitled (white bird with red head), n.d. found paper, string and color of unknown origin
10 3/8 x 7 x 3/4 inches
JCas 604


James Castle
Untitled (Friends with Books), n.d.
soot and saliva on found paper
3 7/8 x 4 7/8 inches
JCas 425



James Castle
Untitled (Building with Trees), n.d.
soot and saliva on found paper
8 3/4 x 10 1/4 inches
JCas 691


James Castle
Untitled (Parade Float and Crowds), n.d.
soot, saliva and color of unknown origin on found paper
9 1/4 x 15 5/8 inches
JCas 692


James Castle
Untitled (Shed with sawhorse/shed), n.d.
soot and saliva on found paper
5 1/2 x 7 3/8 inches
JCas 678


James Castle
Untitled, n.d.
soot and saliva on found paper
4 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches
JCas 609

James Castle Untitled (Sheds with Black Totem), n.d.
soot and saliva on found paper
4 3/8 x 9 inches
JCas 610


James Castle
Untitled (House in landscape), n.d.
soot and saliva on found paper
9 x 12 inches
JCas 694


James Castle
Untitled (Landscape), n.d.
soot and saliva on found paper
3 1/4 x 7 1/8 inches
JCas 232



James Castle
Untitled (Porch/landscape), n.d.
soot and saliva on found paper
6 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches
JCas 687



James Castle
Untitled (Room Interior), n.d.
soot and saliva on found paper
8 3/8 x 9 3/4 inches
JCas 657


James Castle
Untitled (Redwood tree), n.d.
soot and saliva on airmail envelope
4 1/2 x 5 1/8 inches
JCas 649


James Castle
Untitled (Figures in A Row Boat), n.d. color of unknown origin on found paper
4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches
JCas 586


James Castle
Untitled (six panels of symbols on envelope), n.d. soot and saliva on found paper
3 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches
JCas 590


James Castle
Untitled (text page with symbols), n.d.
soot and saliva on found paper
17 7/8 x 12 inches
JCas 620



James Castle
Untitled (Cyrillic inspired letterforms and dollar signs), n.d.
soot and saliva on found paper
4 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches
JCas 624