James Spencer Russell Signed “The Answer #17/The Answer #19” Mixed Media Wall Assemblages


A signed assemblage diptych wall sculpture titled The Answer #17/The Answer #19 by the American artist James Spencer Russell (1915-2000). Signed "James Russell" to the bottom right and to the verso, this two-part piece depicts a white period against a black background and a pink comma against a fabric background. Both assemblages have 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 Lichtenstein. He later moved back to Indiana where he continued to create art until his death in 2000.


4.5” x 16.5” x 1.25” (The Answer #19”); 4.75” x 18.25” x 1” (The Answer #17).

Condition notes:

Age appropriate wear. Scratches, nicks in the frame. Intentional wear due to the salvaged nature of the material.

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