Category Archives: History

Logansport Pharos Tribune Article by Mitchell Kirk

Mitchell Kirk of the Logansport Pharos Tribune has penned an excellent article on Jim and the Centennial Celebration.  Click on the graphic to access the article.

Logansport Pharos Tribune Article by Mitchell Kirk

Mitchell Kirk of the Logansport Pharos Tribune has penned an excellent article on Jim and the Centennial Celebration.  Click on the graphic to access the article.

James Spencer Russell’s 100th Birthday!

Today, April 7, 2015 is James Spencer Russell’s 100th Birthday!

James Spencer Russell’s 100th Birthday!

Today, April 7, 2015 is James Spencer Russell’s 100th Birthday!

Russell’s 100th Birthday Exhibition and Celebration

Click on the ePoster to go to the Facebook Event Page.

Russell’s 100th Birthday Exhibition and Celebration

Click on the ePoster to go to the Facebook Event Page.

Jim’s House in Kewanna

On October 25 and 26, Julie and I were in Kewanna for Diane Tesler’s annual art festival.  Julie was showing her artwork along with Diane and Wade Bussert and several of Diane’s students and many members of the regional arts

Jim’s House in Kewanna

On October 25 and 26, Julie and I were in Kewanna for Diane Tesler’s annual art festival.  Julie was showing her artwork along with Diane and Wade Bussert and several of Diane’s students and many members of the regional arts

James Spencer Russell, Louise Nevelson and Robert Indiana

Jim’s Lafayette Street Soho studio was around the corner and three blocks away from Louise Nevelson’s studio on Spring Street.  One more block over, at Spring Street and the Bowery, were the studios of Robert Indiana and other artists. In

James Spencer Russell, Louise Nevelson and Robert Indiana

Jim’s Lafayette Street Soho studio was around the corner and three blocks away from Louise Nevelson’s studio on Spring Street.  One more block over, at Spring Street and the Bowery, were the studios of Robert Indiana and other artists. In

Exhibition Committee and Special Guests

Here’s a photograph of the exhibition committee and a couple of very special guests, made at the exhibition’s opening. Mark is the Chief Curator of Fine Art at the Indiana State Museum.  Jack Russell is Jim’s nephew.  Ron Kern is

Exhibition Committee and Special Guests

Here’s a photograph of the exhibition committee and a couple of very special guests, made at the exhibition’s opening. Mark is the Chief Curator of Fine Art at the Indiana State Museum.  Jack Russell is Jim’s nephew.  Ron Kern is

April 7, Billie Holiday’s and James Spencer Russell’s Birthday

Jim called Billie Holiday his twin because they were born on the same day of the same year, April 7, 1915.  Happy 99th birthday to Billie and Jim.

April 7, Billie Holiday’s and James Spencer Russell’s Birthday

Jim called Billie Holiday his twin because they were born on the same day of the same year, April 7, 1915.  Happy 99th birthday to Billie and Jim.

James Spencer Russell, Eras

Jim’s life can be separated into nine eras.  While this does not begin to tell the entire story, it does give a thumbnail sketch of his life’s journey.  You will need to see the exhibition at the Indiana State Museum

James Spencer Russell, Eras

Jim’s life can be separated into nine eras.  While this does not begin to tell the entire story, it does give a thumbnail sketch of his life’s journey.  You will need to see the exhibition at the Indiana State Museum

Bullfight Photographs from 1957 European Trip

In 1957 Jim took a trip to Europe to escape the day to day grind of set design for live television.  On this trip he decided that he would resign from NBC TV and become a full-time artist.  Jim made

Bullfight Photographs from 1957 European Trip

In 1957 Jim took a trip to Europe to escape the day to day grind of set design for live television.  On this trip he decided that he would resign from NBC TV and become a full-time artist.  Jim made

Russell’s University of New Mexico BA

In Jim’s information regarding his education, he always referred to his 1936 BA from the University of New Mexico.  During our recent trip to Kewanna additional information was uncovered.  Jim’s BA was conferred in June of 1937, but he had

Russell’s University of New Mexico BA

In Jim’s information regarding his education, he always referred to his 1936 BA from the University of New Mexico.  During our recent trip to Kewanna additional information was uncovered.  Jim’s BA was conferred in June of 1937, but he had

Costume Design, Yale School of Drama

Still digging into Satch’s collection – she has a series of Jim’s costume designs that were created for Jim’s Masters thesis for the School of Fine Arts at Yale University.  Jim chose to design for an opera, Village of Romeo

Costume Design, Yale School of Drama

Still digging into Satch’s collection – she has a series of Jim’s costume designs that were created for Jim’s Masters thesis for the School of Fine Arts at Yale University.  Jim chose to design for an opera, Village of Romeo

James Spencer Russell, Studying at University of New Mexico

Jim enrolled at the University of New Mexico in the Fall of 1934.  Jim studied painting under the renowned modern artist, Raymond Jonson, who also came to the university in 1934.  In the 1920’s, Jonson was responsible for bringing modernism

James Spencer Russell, Studying at University of New Mexico

Jim enrolled at the University of New Mexico in the Fall of 1934.  Jim studied painting under the renowned modern artist, Raymond Jonson, who also came to the university in 1934.  In the 1920’s, Jonson was responsible for bringing modernism

James Spencer Russell in Taos, New Mexico, Part Two

As we prepare photographs for our book we are delving a little deeper in Satch’s collection.  The two watercolor sketches presented in this post were most likely made circa Summer of 1935, when Jim enrolled in the University of New

James Spencer Russell in Taos, New Mexico, Part Two

As we prepare photographs for our book we are delving a little deeper in Satch’s collection.  The two watercolor sketches presented in this post were most likely made circa Summer of 1935, when Jim enrolled in the University of New

James Spencer Russell in Taos, New Mexico, Part One

In the fall of 1934, during the Depression, Jim enrolled in the University of New Mexico.  He studied painting under renowned artist Raymond Jonson.  Jonson was responsible for bringing modernism to New Mexico and was a part of a group

James Spencer Russell in Taos, New Mexico, Part One

In the fall of 1934, during the Depression, Jim enrolled in the University of New Mexico.  He studied painting under renowned artist Raymond Jonson.  Jonson was responsible for bringing modernism to New Mexico and was a part of a group

Revised title for our book

Yesterday afternoon I had another enjoyable conversation with New York City gallerist Bill Bace. In 1990, Bill hosted a retrospective exhibition of Jim’s work, Fragments 1962/1986; Pieces of a Joycean Quilt. The gallery card for the exhibition can be seen

Revised title for our book

Yesterday afternoon I had another enjoyable conversation with New York City gallerist Bill Bace. In 1990, Bill hosted a retrospective exhibition of Jim’s work, Fragments 1962/1986; Pieces of a Joycean Quilt. The gallery card for the exhibition can be seen

James Spencer Russell and Other Artists of His Time

Over the past two and one half years of research, one thing that has been obvious to Satch and I is that no information readily exists regarding Jim’s relationship with other artists.  We have searched in vain for anything that

James Spencer Russell and Other Artists of His Time

Over the past two and one half years of research, one thing that has been obvious to Satch and I is that no information readily exists regarding Jim’s relationship with other artists.  We have searched in vain for anything that

Notable Patrons

There remains just a few records of patrons that purchased Jim’s art work from Ruth White Gallery.  One of those patrons was the renowned conservator Lawrence Majewski whose tenure at the New York University Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center

Notable Patrons

There remains just a few records of patrons that purchased Jim’s art work from Ruth White Gallery.  One of those patrons was the renowned conservator Lawrence Majewski whose tenure at the New York University Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center

New Portrait

On our last trip to Kewanna we came up with a few new photographs of Jim.  This one, that I really like, is an enlargement from a 35mm contact sheet.  Unfortunately we could not find the negative.  This photograph is

New Portrait

On our last trip to Kewanna we came up with a few new photographs of Jim.  This one, that I really like, is an enlargement from a 35mm contact sheet.  Unfortunately we could not find the negative.  This photograph is

New Portrait

We’ve added a new photograph of Jim in the portraits section of the blog.  It is from his passport that was originally dated 1955.

New Portrait

We’ve added a new photograph of Jim in the portraits section of the blog.  It is from his passport that was originally dated 1955.

James Spencer Russell and James Joyce

Taken from, Style, Elegance and Wit:  Rediscovering the Life and Art of James Spencer Russell, written by Ron Kern and edited by Karen Bruner Stroup, PhD: Jim’s affinity for James Joyce began early in life. While in military school in

James Spencer Russell and James Joyce

Taken from, Style, Elegance and Wit:  Rediscovering the Life and Art of James Spencer Russell, written by Ron Kern and edited by Karen Bruner Stroup, PhD: Jim’s affinity for James Joyce began early in life. While in military school in