James Spencer Russell 1965 Signed “Parts #1” Wall Assemblage
A 1965 wall assemblage titled, Parts #1, by American artist James Spencer Russell (1915-2000). Composed entirely of wood, the assemblage depicts four circular pieces that are centered among a perforated appliqué and four sections of meticulously cut and arranged bits. The assemblage is predominately white with applied matte black pieces creating a dimensional effect. The piece is signed "James Russell V 1965" on the front.
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.
20" x 22" x 2".
Heavy scuffs, scratches, and marks due to the age and assembled nature of the work.
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