James Spencer Russell Signed “Haiku Variations” Wall Assemblage
A signed assemblage wall sculpture titled Haiku Variations (Golden Spheres) by the American artist James Spencer Russell (1915-2000). Signed "James Russell" to the lower right on verso, this assemblage primarily features cut and painted black wooden dowel rods and gold spheres within a black wooden box. The black dowel rods appear to extend through the box to the exterior. The interior of the box is collaged on all sides in black and golden strips of paper which create triangles.
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 Lichtenstein. He later moved back to Indiana where he continued to create art until his death in 2000.
12.5” x 9” x 3.75”.
Age appropriate wear. Scratches, scuffs present. Some chipping to the gold paint. Wear to the collaged paper.
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