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Art exhibition opened today in Washington.

Washington James Castle exhibition opens today
26 Sep 2014

People taking flights to Washington in the coming months will be able to enjoy a new exhibition about James Castle there, which is opening today (September 26th).

Untitled: The Art of James Castle is appearing at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, where it will be situated until February 1st next year.

The museum, open every day, is dedicated to American pieces, which span a timeframe of over three hundred years.

This new exhibition marks the fact that the museum acquired 54 pieces by the artist - who lived between 1899 and 1977 - just last year.

People will be able to see all these pieces on show, at the museum which now boasts one of the world's biggest collections of his art.

"James Castle’s drawings and paintings confirm that art offers a fundamental way to know ourselves,” according to Smithsonian American Art Museum's Betsy Broun, Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the attraction.

She explained that Castle worked in the USA's rural west where his family were around him, but where he didn't have much experience outside of his own community. He also didn't have any formal training in art.

"But his discerning eye found subjects all around, creating an extended portrait of his world," she added.

Castle's work includes scenes of farms, representations of people and more.

The deaf artist used the likes of adverts, soot and packaging as materials for his work, and none of them are dated or have titles.

"At once inviting and inscrutable, Castle’s art gives us access to a world navigated without language, though not the key to unlock it,” according to Bell.ADNFCR-408-ID-801751045-ADNFCR

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