Peter Freeman Now Represents James Castle

The cover of a James Castle catalogue by Allan Gurganus. (Courtesy Lawrence Markey, Inc.)

Soho gallery Peter Freeman, Inc. just announced that it will represent the estate of self-taught artist James Castle, who produced exceedingly beautiful, modestly scaled scenes of life in Idaho, where he lived for his entire life, from 1899 to 1977, using humble materials like soot and spit on fabric and paper. Knoedler & Company, which closed suddenly last year, had previously presented a number of Castle shows in New York.

Castle’s work caught on in the art world in the late 1990s, according to The New York Times‘ co-chief art critic, Roberta Smith, and has since been presented in numerous major museum shows in the United States and around the world. The Castle Collection and Archive, which is located in Boise, Idaho, oversees the artist’s estate.