Discovering James Castle

James Castle, Untitled, Found paper, soot, no date, 6 x 5.9 inches (courtesy Gal
James Castle, Untitled, Found paper, soot, no date, 6 x 5.9 inches (courtesy Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris))

Spurred by a recent exhibition of works by James Castle at Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, an interesting post considers the true dynamic of influence between the avant-garde and "outsider" artists such as Castle. Although Castle's works look like those "who might have been a follower of Jean Dubuffet and Jean Fautrier... The fact that parts of the avant-garde incorporated 'outsider art' into their visual repertoire draws a different picture of the role of 'influence' than is suggested" by recent history.