Dayton Castleman

Dayton Castleman is a Chicago-based multidisciplinary artist.

Criticism endorphins

Honest feedback and the forging of valuable art.


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Will paint for food

Two people standing before two blank canvasses with brushes and paints at the ready. Which one should get paid?

Outside the box

Art, like a Christmas gift, is too often all about the “thing” at the center—the “conclusion” beneath all the layers. Maybe the wrapping is more central than we think?

Can Cy Twombly be trusted?

Artist Cy Twombly’s paintings receive perhaps the most unenviable reactions in all of modern and contemporary art: “My four-year-old could do that,” “That sold for how much?” or simply, “That’s not art.”

Transmission Study

What I ended up doing was building a steel tower, equipped with red warning beacon lights, a bull-horn speaker, and a four-camera video surveillance system. It was important that the structure be rooted only to the floor of my studio, as a way of connecting my subterranean work area to the world above.

ART. Right there in public.

You never know when, in some open, urban space, you might stumble upon an object that appears to be art.