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Untitled: The Art of James Castle
Author: Nicholas R. Bell and Leslie Umberger, with an introduction by Alexander Nemerov
Co-Publisher: D. Giles Ltd.
Publication Date: 2014
Pages:128 pp.: Ill.
Untitled: The Art of James Castle celebrates one of the most enigmatic American artists of the twentieth century. For nearly seven decades, Castle gathered materials around his rural Idaho home, such as packaging, advertisements, string, and soot, and created an elaborate and umistakable representation of his world.
Exhibition curator Nicholas R. Bell explores James Castle's landscapes and interiors in an effort to grasp the artist's experience of such fundamental elements as space, time, and memory. Leslie Umberger charts Castle's reception in the art world as gallerists, curators, and collectors have struggled to balance an appreciation of his work with the complex circumstances of his life.