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Outliers and American Vanguard Art

Self-taught artists—variously termed folk, primitive, visionary, naïve, outsider, and isolate—have played a significant role in the history of modernism, yet their contributions have been largely disregarded or forgotten. Organized by the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), this exhibition of 250 diverse works by more than 80 trained and untrained artists reveals how the mainstream…

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James Castle Exhibition in Japan

The one-person exhibition James Castle opened at Tomio Koyama Gallery in Tokyo on July 13, 2015 and runs through July 18, 2015. Watch: Tomio Koyama on His New Tokyo Gallery (video). Photos courtesy Tomio Koyama Gallery View gallery…

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Smithsonian American Art Museum Acquisition

Idaho native James Castle recorded personal views of his home ground between roughly 1910 and 1970. His drawings, predominantly done with a homemade soot-based ink on found paper and cardboard, depict farm scenes and the surrounding countryside with a remarkable stillness. Castle also constructed small objects–doll-like figures, birds, and other household items–using sewn-together cardboard. Castle…

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My Highlights from ADAA: The Art Show 2014

John Elderfield Artsy This is a selection of fairly unassuming but still wonderful pieces that might easily get lost amid the noisy appeal of bigger, brighter, bolder works. The problem with art fairs is that, as in parties, the extroverts stand out. Not that some of them don’t deserve to do so; but this selection…

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David Adamo/James Castle

Peter Freeman, Inc is pleased to present a new exhibition with artists David Adamo and James Castle. What had originally been planned to be two simultaneous one-person exhibitions has instead been purposefully integrated throughout the space: new work by Adamo installed in a dialogue with historic work by Castle, specially selected by Adamo. For David…

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The Encyclopedic Palace

Inspiring these obsessions is the power of the imagination. Artists as diverse as Morton Bartlett, James Castle, Peter Fritz, and Achilles Rizzoli spent years dreaming of alternative worlds. The dynamic tensions between inside and outside are the subject of works that explore the role of the imagination in prisons (Rossella Biscotti) and in psychiatric hospitals…

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