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James Castle: People, Places & Things

Curated by Karen Wilkin

Untitled (Five Figures), Found paper, watercolor, ink, string, 5” x 6 3/4”, The William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation Inc., ©James Castle Collection and Archive LP

James Castle: People, Places & Things will be shown at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture from January 29 to March 4, 2018. Curated by Karen Wilkin, the exhibition will feature over 50 important works and ephemera, including rarely seen source material, borrowed from the James Castle Collection and Archive LP and from The William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation Inc.

 The pieces selected represent styles, subject matter and explorations that have not been in the public eye as much as the classic ‘soot and spit’ drawings. They do, however, represent core examples of what Castle created and significantly broaden our understanding of his work.

Recognized as an American master, James Castle is represented in the permanent collections of major museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Smithsonian American Art Museum; the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

James Castle drawings are included in the exhibition Outliers and American Vanguard Art opening at the National Gallery in Washington DC on January 28, 2018. Curated by Lynne Cooke, the show will travel to the High Museum in Atlanta in June and to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in November 2018.

Press Release

Image List


Selection of Works

Install Shots


The Hushed Brilliance of James Castle’s Mysterious Drawings, Hyperallergic

Beyond the Soot and Spit: Rethinking James Castle, ArtCritical

James Castle: People, Places & Things, The Brooklyn Rail

The Critic’s Notebook, by The Editors, The New Criterion

James Castle: People, Places & Things at the NY Studio School, Art Spiel

James Castle: People, Places & Things. New York Studio School, IRA JOEL HABER-CINEMAGEBOOKS

James Castle: People Places & Things, Wall Street International Magazine


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