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silent gray houses

March 27, 2009

[NYTimes] James Castle was the artist of silence, grayness and folded cardboard. Silence because he was born deaf and refused to read, write, speak, sign or finger spell. Grayness because of the velvety, overcast drawings he made all his life: extravagantly tonal images of landscapes, farmyards and interiors rendered in a mixture of soot and spit applied to found paper with sticks and rags. Their muted yet solid forms in some way embodied both Castle’s silent world and his loyalty to it. (read review)

Exhibition March 12-april 25, 2009 @ Knoedler Gallery, NYC
More at J. Crist Gallery and Philadelphia Museum of Art

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