James Castle

Exhibitions, CV, Press



Born 1899, Garden Valley, Idaho
Died 1977, Boise, Idaho



SELECT SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018
The James Castle Primer (An exhibition), James Castle Collection and Archive, Boise, ID
James Castle, Adams and Ollman, Portland, OR
Between Board and Batten: Works from the James Castle House, James Castle House, Boise, ID
The Material Life of James Castle, James Castle House, Boise, ID
Construction, Deconstruction and Abstraction: The Art of James Castle, Boise Art Museum, ID
James Castle: People, Places and Things, New York Studio School, New York, NY

2016
James Castle Landscapes, Lawrence Markey, Inc., San Antonio, TX
James Castle: The Experience of Every Day, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MN

2015
James Castle: Ask and Learn, Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson, WY
James Castle, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2014
Untitled: The Art of James Castle, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.

2013
Constructing James Castle, Urban Arts Space, Columbus, OH
James Castle Selections, Boise Art Museum, ID

2012
James Castle: An Absence of There, Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson, WY
James Castle, Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2011
James Castle, Show and Store, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
James Castle, Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2010
James Castle: Books, Lawrence Markey Gallery, San Antonio, TX
James Castle: A Retrospective, UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, CA
James Castle, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
James Castle, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA

2009
James Castle Drawings: Vision and Touch, Knoedler & Co., New York, NY
James Castle: Soot and Spit, Ameringer Yohe Fine Art, New York, NY
James Castle: A Retrospective, Art Institute of Chicago, IL
James Castle: Tying it Together, Boise Art Museum, ID

2008
James Castle: A Retrospective, Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA
James Castle: Works on Paper, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA

2007
James Castle, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
James Castle, Lawrence Markey Gallery, San Antonio, TX
James Castle: A Solitary Vision, Portland Art Museum, OR
James Castle: Drawings, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA

2006
Silent Satire: The Political Cartoon Appropriations of James Castle, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2005
One Man’s Vocabulary, JH Muse Gallery (now Tayloe Piggott Gallery), Jackson, WY
James Castle: Drawings, Constructions and Books, Boise Art Museum, ID
James Castle Icehouse unto Early Attic: Books & Art, Boise State Student Union Gallery, Boise, ID

2002
James Castle: Structures, Knoedler & Company, New York, NY
James Castle: Works on Paper, Galerie Bernd Kluser, Munich, Germany
Reputedly Illiterate: The Art Books of James Castle, Library at the Faculty of Art, Media and Design, University of West England, Bristol, UK
The Art Books of James Castle, Center for Book & Paper Arts, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

2001
James Castle, James Mayor Gallery, London, UK
James Castle: Drawings, J Crist Gallery, Boise, ID
James Castle: Drawings and Works on Paper, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA

2000
James Castle, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA
James Castle: The Common Place, Knoedler & Company, New York, NY
An Individual Approach: The Art of James Castle, Boise Art Museum, ID
James Castle: House Drawings, The Drawing Center, New York, NY
A Room of His Own, J Crist Gallery, Boise, ID
Reputedly Illiterate: The Art Books of James Castle, American Institute of Graphic Arts, New York, NY

1998
A Silent Voice: Drawings & Constructions of James Castle, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1997
Images in a Silent World: The Art of James Castle, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago, IL
James Castle, Salt Lake Art Center [Utah Museum of Contemporary Art], Salt Lake City, UT

1996
James Castle: Voice of Silence, Boise Art Museum, ID
An Amazing Luminous Fountain: The Work of James Castle, J Crist Gallery, Boise, ID

1994
James Castle, Idaho Center for the Book, Boise State University, ID
James Castle: Idaho Grass Roots Artist, Albertson College, Caldwell, ID

1993
Idaho Center for the Book, Boise State University, ID

1989
Works by James Castle, Boise Art Museum, ID

1987
A Voice of Silence: A Retrospective of Works by James Castle, Missoula Museum, MT

1985
A Voice of Silence: A Retrospective of Works by James Castle, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ

1984
A Voice of Silence: A Retrospective of Works by James Castle, Paris Gibson Square Gallery, Great Falls, MT
A Voice of Silence: A Retrospective of Works by James Castle, Montana State University Gallery, Bozeman, MT

1983
James Castle Retrospective: A Voice of Silence, Cheney Cowles Memorial Museum, Spokane, WA

1982
A Voice of Silence: A Retrospective of Works by James Castle, Boise Gallery of Art, ID.

1981
A Voice of Silence: A Retrospective of Works by James Castle, Visual Arts Center, Anchorage, AK
James Castle: A Primitive Artist, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX

1980
A World Without Words, Los Tres Gallery, Longview, WA

1976
James Castle Drawings, Boise Gallery of Art [Boise Art Museum], ID

1974
James Castle, Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA

1967
The Gallery, Seattle, WA

1965
A Voice of Silence: Drawings by James Castle, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA

1963
James Castle, Boise Gallery of Art, [Boise Art Museum], ID

1962
A Voice of Silence: Drawings by James Castle, Image Gallery, Portland, OR
James Castle, Bush House Museum, Salem Art, Salem, OR

1951
James Castle, Museum Art School, Portland, OR


SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
Louder Than Words, Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, GA

2018
A Concentration of Power, Joost van den Bergh, London, U.K.
Outliers and American Vanguard Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA
Outliers and American Vanguard Art, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Outliers and American Vanguard Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Specifics, Krakow Witkin Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts

2017
A Limitless Vision: The Collection of Audrey B. Heckler, Sara Kay Gallery, New York, NY
Where We Are: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection 1900–1960, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
For WLD, Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York, NY
Inside the Outside: Five Self-Taught Artists from the William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation, Artis-Naples Baker Museum, Naples, FL

2016
Idaho Stories, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Ketchum, ID
As Essential as Dreams: Self-Taught Art from the collection of Stephanie and John Smither, The Menil Collection, Houston, TX
Sargent to Basquiat: University of Vermont Alumni Collections, Fleming Museum of Art, Burlington, VT
A Being in the World, Salon 94, New York, NY
Horizon of Outsider Art, 8/ART GALLERY/Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Architecture of Life, UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, CA
Measurably Long Kool, Fleisher Ollman, Philadelphia, PA
Inside the Outside: Five Self-Taught Artists from the William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
Self-Taught Genius, New Orleans Museum of Art, LA
Self-Taught Genius, Saint Louis Art Museum, MO
Self-Taught Genius, Tampa Museum of Art, FL
Outside, Karma Gallery, New York, NY
World Made by Hand, Andrew Edlin Gallery,New York, NY
Short Stories: Reflections on the Salem Art Association Permanent Collection, A.N. Bush Gallery, Salem, OR
The Museum of Everything, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Netherlands
Hello Again-Select Offerings, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA

2015
James Castle / John Riddy: Of Things Placed, Frith Street Gallery, London, UK
Only by Night, Planthouse, New York, NY
America Is Hard to See, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Inside the Outside: Five Self-Taught Artists from the William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation, Katonah Museum of Art, NY
Interfaces: Outsider Art and the Mainstream, Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA
Self-Taught Genius, Mingei International Museum, San Diego, CA
Self-Taught Genius, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, TX
I Taught Myself, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA
Les Cahiers Dessinés, Halle Saint Pierre, Paris, France
The World is Not the Earth, Adams and Ollman, Portland, OR

2014
Paronomasia, Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson, WY
Self-Taught Genius, American Folk Art Museum, New York, NY
A Drawing Show, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY
Zurük in die Zukunft: Zeichnungen von Teipolo bis Warhol [Back to the Future: Drawings from Tiepolo to Warhol], Kunst Halle Krems, Austria
Aspects of Outsider Art, Russell Bowman Art Advisory, Chicago, IL
Uncommon Folk: Traditions in American Folk Art, Milwaukee Art Museum, WI
Welcome to the Dreamtime, Stephen Romano Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Outside In, Life on Mars Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2013
The Venice Biennale 55th International Art Exhibition, Venice, Italy
David Adamo/James Castle, Peter Freeman, Inc., New York, NY
Great and Mighty Things: Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA
Rosemarie Trockel: A Cosmos, Serpentine Gallery, London, U.K. (one-person Trockel exhibition includes work by additional artists including James Castle)
James Castle Selections, Boise Art Museum, 2013-2015
Collection, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2012
Rosemarie Trockel: A Cosmos, New Museum, New York, NY
Rosemarie Trockel: A Cosmos, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Shock of the News, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
R/Evolution auf Papier: Zeichnungen aus Fünf Jahrhunderten die Sammlung Klüser [R/Evolution of Paper, Drawings from Five Centuries, The Klüser Collection], Alte Pinakothek, Munich, Germany
Jubilation/Rumination: Life, Real and Imagined, American Folk Art Museum, New York
Open to Interpretation: 75th Anniversary exhibition, Boise Art Museum, ID

2011
Modern Lab: The Found Alphabet, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
on paper III, Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France
Material Evidence, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX
Self-Taught Masters of American Art from Important Private Collections in Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio, Pollock Gallery, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
Collage, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY
Zettels Traum, Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal, Germany

2010
Until Now, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN
La Collection de Christian Zacharias: La Maison et L’infini, Fondation de l’Hermitage, Lausanne, Switzerland
10,000 Lives, Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea
Four Decades, Fleisher Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Castle/Yoakum/Steffen, Russell Bowman Fine Art, Chicago, IL
The Museum of Everything, Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Turin, Italy
Birds of a Feather, Boise Art Museum, ID

2009
Your Gold Teeth II, curated by Todd Levin, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
Tension, Invention, Intoxication and Liberty: Victor Hugo to Martin Ramirez, Jan Krugier Gallery, New York, NY
Compass in Hand: Selections from the Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Messages & Magic: 100 Years of Collage and Assemblage in American Art, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

2008
Pieces of the Whole, Kohler Foundation, Inc, Kohler, WI
Castle in Context, Fleisher Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Notation, Zentrum Fur Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany
Notation, Akademie der Kunste, Berlin, Germany
Rock, Paper, Scissors, JH Muse Gallery (now Tayloe Piggott Gallery), Jackson, WY
A Life in Art: Fifty Years of Collecting, Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, NY
Glossolalia: Languages of Drawing, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Two Thousand Years of Sculpture, Fleisher Ollman Gallery. Philadelphia, PA

2007
Unspeakable, J Crist Gallery, Boise, ID
Mixed Signals, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Inc., New York, NY
On Line, Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NY
Text Messages, Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NY

2006
James Castle/Walker Evans: Word Play, Signs and Symbols, an exhibition in two parts, Knoedler & Company, New York, NY
Inner Worlds Outside, Whitechapel, London, England
Exceptional American Folk and Self-Taught Art, Keny Galleries, Columbus, OH
Rock Paper Scissors: American Collage Now, Fleisher Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Fine Line, Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NY
Communication Breakdown, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY
James Castle: Silent Satire, Fleisher Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2005
Looking at Words, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY
150 Works of Art, No Walls, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle
Words in Pictures, Adam Baumgold Gallery, New NY

2004
Fabulous Histories: Indigenous Anomalies in American Art, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Elegance of Form: Home, Boise Art Museum, ID
American Art Brut, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, NY
Summer Group Show, PDX, Portland, OR

2003
American Cutout, New York Studio School, New York, NY
Turning Corners, Berkeley Art Museum, CA
Fifty Years, Fleisher Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2002
Gifts in Honor of the 125th Anniversary of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Fast Forward II, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, CA
American Vernacular, Ricco/Maresca, New York, NY
New Year, New Work, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery at John McEnroe Gallery, New York, NY
American Anthem: Masterworks form the American Folk Art Museum, American Folk Art Museum, New York, NY

2001
Rear Vision: The First Ten Years, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago, IL
New Year, New Work, New York, Fleisher Ollman Gallery at John McEnroe Gallery, New York, NY

2000
Making Choices: The Raw and the Cooked, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
When Reason Dreams: Drawings Inspired by the Visionary, the Fantastic, and the Unreal, Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA
New Century, New Venue, New York, Fleisher Ollman Gallery at John McEnroe Gallery, New York, NY

1999
We Are Not Alone: Angels and Other Aliens, American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD

1998
Home: Places and Spaces, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago, IL
Summer Mix, Fleisher Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1997
The Uncommon Book, Volume Two, Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Humanities, Sun Valley, ID

1996
Memories and Visions: Self-Taught and Outsider Artists West of the Rockies, Sheppard Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno and Center for Contemporary Art, Las Vegas, NV

1995
Permanent Collections selections: James Castle and New Acquisitions, Boise Art Museum, ID

1993
Permanent Collection selections: James Castle and New Acquisitions, Boise Art Museum, ID
Artists and the Eccentric Book, Idaho Center for the Book, Boise State University, ID

1990
One Hundred Years of Idaho Art: 1850 – 1950, Boise Art Museum, ID
Touring exhibition: Herrett Museum, College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls; Sun Valley Center, Ketchum; Prichard Gallery, University of Idaho, Moscow; Lewis and Clark College, Lewiston; John B. Davis Gallery, Idaho State University, Pocatello; St. Maries Council for the Arts, St. Maries; North Idaho College, Coeur d’Alene; Rosenthal Gallery, College of Idaho, Caldwell; Salmon Arts Council, Salmon, ID

1987
Out of the Mainstream: Visionary and Independent Artists of the Northwest, Missoula Museum of Art, MT

1981
Permanent Collection: Recent Acquisitions, Boise Gallery of Art [Boise Art Museum], ID

1974
Private Purpose, Fine Arts Gallery, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

1970
Symbols and Images: Contemporary Primitive Artists, traveling exhibition circulated by the American Federation of Arts, NY

1969
Thirteen Idaho Artists, Jewett Exhibition Center, College of Idaho, Caldwell, ID

1963
The Innocent Eye, Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

American Folk Art Museum, New York, NY
Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, CA
Boise Art Museum, ID
Columbus Museum of Art, OH
Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem OR
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
The Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando, FL
Milwaukee Art Museum, WI
Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
New York Public Library, NY
Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA
Portland Art Museum/The Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts, OR
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
Tacoma Art Museum, WA
Whitney Museum of American Art, NY
William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation