James Spencer Russell Signed 1965 "Parts #2" Wooden Wall Assemblage


A signed assemblage wall sculpture titled Parts #2 by the American artist James Spencer Russell (1915-2000). Signed "James Russell May 1965" to the lower right, this assemblage primarily features cut and painted gray wooden shapes upon a white wooden board. There are seven colorful rainbow-painted wooden pieces in the right-hand corner of the composition. The assemblage has a thin white wooden frame. A gallery tag from Ruth White Gallery is attached to the verso. 

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. 



22.5” x 20.5” x 1.75”.

Condition notes:

Two missing components. Chips from wood on surface elements and edges. Some loss of paint. Overall discoloration and wear. 

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