Monday, February 6, 2012


Time: 2pm Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Location: Temple Gallery

John Ollman and Ann Percy present an illustrated discussion on the works of James Castle (1899-1977). Born profoundly deaf in a small town in Idaho, Castle was a self-taught artist who had very little means of communicating. He created drawings and assemblages using found materials such as soot, saliva, hand-made tools, packaging papers and discarded mail, and depicted interiors, buildings, animals, and people based on the places he lived and visited. This informal discussion will be complemented by a small selection of works made by Castle that will be shown at Temple Gallery. John and Ann will talk about the inventive processes and unconventional materials Castle used to create his unique artistic style through necessity.

John Ollman has been the director of The Fleisher/Ollman Gallery since 1970, and the sole owner since 1997. In 1970, the gallery began to focus predominantly upon American self-taught artists. Ann Percy, curator of Drawings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, organized the exhibition James Castle: A Retrospective.

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