By alex on September 8, 2004Self-taught Idaho folk artist's work now collecting acclaim.
A controversial new biography asserts he was not deaf, but autistic.
James Castle, who died in 1977, had a flirtation with fame in the 1950s, '60s and '70s after a nephew introduced his art to a Portland art-school professor.
When his family pulled back from the art world after his death, Castle fell into obscurity. Though loved by artists and curators, he was little known...