Tuesday, August 27, 2013


Man in red between two giant chickens. Blue, red, and green washes with soot and spit on thin cardboard from doughnut package.

The work is by James Castle (1899-1977). The label text is from the catalog of his retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2008.

Relatives who lived with or knew James Castle were quoted at length in the catalog. According to all accounts, the artist's clear favorite among his fellow creatures was the chicken.