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James Spencer Russell Signed “NO” Found Object Wall Assemblage


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A found object wall assemblage titled, NO, by the American artist James Spencer Russell (1915-2000). Signed to the bottom edge, this assemblage features found objects including a rubber cord and lath affixed to sections of wood, cardboard, and foam depicting the letters "N" and "O". The assemblage has a thin black wooden frame. 

Born in Monticello, Indiana, Russell was interested in art from a young age but was directed into pursuing a military career by his family. As a young person, he attended a military academy, became a celebrated codebreaker during WWII, and even received a scholarship to attend Westpoint. However, Russell's interest in art eventually led him to abandon his military pursuits and try to make it in the art world instead. After working as an NBC set designer after WWII, he turned his attention to becoming a full-time artist. During the 1960s, he started exhibiting his works alongside artists who would later come to characterize the art scene at the time, including Robert Rauschenberg and Roy Lichenstein. He later moved back to Indiana where he continued to create art until his death in 2000. 



16.25” W x 16.5” H x 1.75” D.

Condition notes:

Discoloration to verso. Scuffs, scratches, and other wear to frame. Some of the cardboard has chipped off where the signature is located with some of the signature missing. Significant wear to assemblage due to the nature of found object art.

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