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James Castle - a Retrospective: Castle, James; edited by Ann Percy

James Castle - a Retrospective

Castle, James; edited by Ann Percy

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ISBN 10: 0300137303 / ISBN 13: 9780300137309
Published by Philadelphia Museum of Art - Yale University Press (2008), Philadelphia, PA, 2008
Condition: NF Hardcover
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Book is NF, clean and tight; no previous owner's name, no markings in text. Green/brown boards, bright gilt spine titles, small stain to front board; no DVD. Clean, bright jacket is VG+, no chips or tears, upper edges lightly creased. Not a remainder or ex-library. ; 251 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 56401

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Title: James Castle - a Retrospective

Publisher: Philadelphia Museum of Art - Yale University Press (2008), Philadelphia, PA

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: NF

Dust Jacket Condition: VG+

Edition: First Edition.

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James Castle (1899 1977) never learned to speak, read, or write and left his native state of Idaho only once and yet he created a wide range of extraordinary works that resonate with much of 20th-century art. This book offers the first critical exploration of the many creative genres of this self-taught artist, who first came to notice in the 1950s and 1960s but has only recently been recognized by major museums.


Lavishly illustrated with more than 300 full-color reproductions and packaged with an original documentary DVD illuminating fascinating aspects of his life and art, this book examines Castle’s drawings, color-wash works, idiosyncratic cardboard and paper constructions, and word, sign, and symbol pieces. As a child he developed his favorite medium and method of working, mixing stove soot with saliva and applying this ink” with sharpened sticks and cotton wads to such found materials as product packaging and discarded paper. These everyday materials have given his works a singular, immediate, and appealing natural quality.


This engaging volume considers Castle’s remarkable art from a variety of perspectives, examining his life, modes of depiction, working methods and materials, and the visual poetry” of his text works.

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Ann Percy is curator of drawings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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