Posts Tagged: James Russell

Nuns Picking Poppies

Long before Jim became a “professional artist,” and before he left to serve in World War II, he exhibited in a major exhibition, the Forty-Eighth Annual Exhibition of American Art at the Cincinnati Art Museum.  The exhibition ran from November

Nuns Picking Poppies

Long before Jim became a “professional artist,” and before he left to serve in World War II, he exhibited in a major exhibition, the Forty-Eighth Annual Exhibition of American Art at the Cincinnati Art Museum.  The exhibition ran from November

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

Portrait of James Spencer Russell by Robert Reid

This post features a wonderful portrait of Jim painted by his friend, Robert Reid.  The painting is from the collection of Kelly and Pam Leeman.  I’m not sure of the size of the work (I did not measure it when

Portrait of James Spencer Russell by Robert Reid

This post features a wonderful portrait of Jim painted by his friend, Robert Reid.  The painting is from the collection of Kelly and Pam Leeman.  I’m not sure of the size of the work (I did not measure it when

“Subway 2,” a work by James Spencer Russell

Subway 2 comes from Satch’s collection.  When she originally acquired it we weren’t sure if it was a “Russell.”  It was so different from anything else of Jim’s work that we had viewed.  While researching our book, we began to

“Subway 2,” a work by James Spencer Russell

Subway 2 comes from Satch’s collection.  When she originally acquired it we weren’t sure if it was a “Russell.”  It was so different from anything else of Jim’s work that we had viewed.  While researching our book, we began to

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Book Afterword by Julie “Satch” Kern

Here is the Afterword to our book, Style, Elegance and Wit:  Rediscovering the Life and Art of James Spencer Russell, recently penned by Satch: In the last hours of a day-long auction in Indianapolis, there I stood, in the middle

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Book Afterword by Julie “Satch” Kern

Here is the Afterword to our book, Style, Elegance and Wit:  Rediscovering the Life and Art of James Spencer Russell, recently penned by Satch: In the last hours of a day-long auction in Indianapolis, there I stood, in the middle

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

“Sonnet,” a Work by James Spencer Russell

This is a written draft, a “Sonnet,” that forms the idea for a finished piece constructed by Jim.  I especially enjoy his mention of the Fugs and we get just a tiny peak into his thoughts about Cornell and Nevelson. 

“Sonnet,” a Work by James Spencer Russell

This is a written draft, a “Sonnet,” that forms the idea for a finished piece constructed by Jim.  I especially enjoy his mention of the Fugs and we get just a tiny peak into his thoughts about Cornell and Nevelson. 

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

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Preview Edition to Printer

This past Sunday we sent the special preview edition of our book, Style, Elegance and Wit:  Rediscovering the Art and Life of James Spencer Russell, to the printer. This edition has limited distribution to those involved with the exhibition and

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Preview Edition to Printer

This past Sunday we sent the special preview edition of our book, Style, Elegance and Wit:  Rediscovering the Art and Life of James Spencer Russell, to the printer. This edition has limited distribution to those involved with the exhibition and

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

Kewanna Visit, October 2, 2013

Satch and I headed up to Kewanna last Wednesday to visit with Wade Bussert and Diane Tesler.  We also went to gather items that will be displayed in the exhibition, Style, Elegance and Wit:  The Artwork of James Spencer Russell

Kewanna Visit, October 2, 2013

Satch and I headed up to Kewanna last Wednesday to visit with Wade Bussert and Diane Tesler.  We also went to gather items that will be displayed in the exhibition, Style, Elegance and Wit:  The Artwork of James Spencer Russell

Exciting Times

Well, the reality of the exhibition has come upon Mark Ruschman, Chief Curator of Fine Arts and the exhibition staff at the Indiana State Museum as well as our Exhibition Committee (Dr, Steve Conant, Mark Ruschman and Julie (Satch) and

Exciting Times

Well, the reality of the exhibition has come upon Mark Ruschman, Chief Curator of Fine Arts and the exhibition staff at the Indiana State Museum as well as our Exhibition Committee (Dr, Steve Conant, Mark Ruschman and Julie (Satch) and

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