24 pages; 26 illustrations; cover has six triangles that each have an abstract design on interior; imagery within book is generally geometric with many stars and triangles arranged in shapes reminiscent of a kaleidoscope. Not signed

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Untitled (Kaleidoscope book), not dated

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For this undated handmade book, Castle created a series of graphically complex “kaleidoscope” drawings, so named because they emulate the visual effects of a kaleidoscope, an optical instrument composed of a cylinder, multiple mirrors, and loose beads or bits of colored glass. As one gazes into a kaleidoscope and turns the rotating cylinder, light entering from the other end is reflected among the mirrors and loose materials, creating an infinite array of symmetrical patterns. Castle was fascinated by the abstract geometric configurations of the kaleidoscope (he owned several) and adapted its effects for his own invented compositions, some of which also included advertisements for commercial products.

Details
Title
Untitled (Kaleidoscope book)
Artist Life
1899–1977
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2017.80.1
Provenance
(Karen Lennox Gallery, Chicago, until 2016; sold to Mersky); Robert B. Mersky, Minneapolis (2016-17); given to MIA, 2017
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24 pages; 26 illustrations; cover has six triangles that each have an abstract design on interior; imagery within book is generally geometric with many stars and triangles arranged in shapes reminiscent of a kaleidoscope. Not signed

Copyright © 2018 James Castle Collection and Archive LP, All rights reserved.

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