Category Archives: History

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

Jim’s Pencils in a Coffee Jar

Russell kept almost everything and many of those things he turned into something significant or meaningful. Here is a photograph of a jar of Jim’s pencils.  Rather than toss them when they became too short he placed them into a

Jim’s Pencils in a Coffee Jar

Russell kept almost everything and many of those things he turned into something significant or meaningful. Here is a photograph of a jar of Jim’s pencils.  Rather than toss them when they became too short he placed them into a

Revised Date of the Exhibition – April 4 through October 12, 2014

The date of the exhibition for Style Elegance and Wit:  The Artwork of James Spencer Russell has been revised.  The exhibition will open April 4, 2014 and run through October 12. This is fantastic news.  This date will make the

Revised Date of the Exhibition – April 4 through October 12, 2014

The date of the exhibition for Style Elegance and Wit:  The Artwork of James Spencer Russell has been revised.  The exhibition will open April 4, 2014 and run through October 12. This is fantastic news.  This date will make the

Variations on a Square

The Summer of 1957 was the beginning of a big change and was a period of transformation for Jim. He traveled in Europe for four months.  He immersed himself in museums and theater and continued to discover new foods and

Variations on a Square

The Summer of 1957 was the beginning of a big change and was a period of transformation for Jim. He traveled in Europe for four months.  He immersed himself in museums and theater and continued to discover new foods and

New York Times Review of Jim’s First Exhibit at the Ruth White Gallery

Below is a review of Jim’s first exhibit at the Ruth White Gallery from an original New York Times clipping.  The beginning of the review is located in the lower left of the page.  (You can click on the photograph

New York Times Review of Jim’s First Exhibit at the Ruth White Gallery

Below is a review of Jim’s first exhibit at the Ruth White Gallery from an original New York Times clipping.  The beginning of the review is located in the lower left of the page.  (You can click on the photograph

Jim and World War II

In 1942 Jim enlisted into the Army and was assigned as a Captain to the 23d Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, Mechanized.  In 1945 the 23d moved through the European Theater.  They arrived in Le Havre France on February 19 and moved

Jim and World War II

In 1942 Jim enlisted into the Army and was assigned as a Captain to the 23d Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, Mechanized.  In 1945 the 23d moved through the European Theater.  They arrived in Le Havre France on February 19 and moved

Satch and I Take a Trip to Kewanna, Part Two

As previously mentioned on our recent trip to Kewanna Wade Bussert provided Satch and I with a wealth of material to go through.  We felt that recreating as best as we could what James Spencer Russell’s life’s journey was all

Satch and I Take a Trip to Kewanna, Part Two

As previously mentioned on our recent trip to Kewanna Wade Bussert provided Satch and I with a wealth of material to go through.  We felt that recreating as best as we could what James Spencer Russell’s life’s journey was all

Satch and I Take a Trip to Kewanna, Part One

Toward the end of October Satch and I spent three days in Kewanna.  The plan was to dig deeper into the archive of the artist James Spencer Russell (Jim) to broaden our understanding of his life.  The plan worked out

Satch and I Take a Trip to Kewanna, Part One

Toward the end of October Satch and I spent three days in Kewanna.  The plan was to dig deeper into the archive of the artist James Spencer Russell (Jim) to broaden our understanding of his life.  The plan worked out

Fragments/1962-86; Pieces of a Joycean Quilt

This is the gallery promo card for Jim’s exhibit at the Bill Bace Gallery, New York City, 1990.

Fragments/1962-86; Pieces of a Joycean Quilt

This is the gallery promo card for Jim’s exhibit at the Bill Bace Gallery, New York City, 1990.

Exhibition History of James Spencer Russell is Posted

We have completed compiling Jim’s list of exhibitions.  At the top of the blog click on Exhibitions, James Spencer Russell to access his exhibition history. Below is a promotional card from his exhibition from 1966 at the Malmquist and Wood

Exhibition History of James Spencer Russell is Posted

We have completed compiling Jim’s list of exhibitions.  At the top of the blog click on Exhibitions, James Spencer Russell to access his exhibition history. Below is a promotional card from his exhibition from 1966 at the Malmquist and Wood

James Russell and Jazz

James (Jim) Russell’s love of music was intense and unending, and it started early in his life.  His love of jazz was reflected in his extensive record collection. As a young man, at the age of five or six, he

James Russell and Jazz

James (Jim) Russell’s love of music was intense and unending, and it started early in his life.  His love of jazz was reflected in his extensive record collection. As a young man, at the age of five or six, he

Portrait

Here is a portrait of Jim with his Leica camera made in 1985 on East 6th Street in NYC.

Portrait

Here is a portrait of Jim with his Leica camera made in 1985 on East 6th Street in NYC.

Style, Elegance and Wit: The Artwork of James Spencer Russell

The Indiana State Museum will be hosting a posthumous retrospective exhibition of the artist James Russell. Who, you might ask? Exactly. The exhibition is entitled, “Style, Elegance and Wit:  The Artwork of James Spencer Russell” (April 4 – October 12,

Style, Elegance and Wit: The Artwork of James Spencer Russell

The Indiana State Museum will be hosting a posthumous retrospective exhibition of the artist James Russell. Who, you might ask? Exactly. The exhibition is entitled, “Style, Elegance and Wit:  The Artwork of James Spencer Russell” (April 4 – October 12,