Alfred Russell (artist)

Alfred Russell (May 27, 1920 - September 22, 2007) was an artist who was a zealot of the ahead of time New York learned of Abstract Expressionism. He exhibited in Paris and New York along similar to such capably known painters as Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Ad Reinhardt and Mark Rothko. Later in life, Russell, disillusioned as soon as abstraction, turned to figurative painting, with inspiration from the classical world.

Russell, active in abstract circles in New York until 1953, was regularly included in the Whitney Annual as competently as being portion of seven exhibits of Museum of Modern Art's "Abstract Painting and Sculpture in America". In New York he had three solo shows at the Peridot Gallery as well as bodily in to the front Abstract Expressionist action shows at the Sidney Janis Gallery, the Kootz Gallery and at the Galerie de France in Paris.

Russell acerbically renounced enlightened abstraction in a Symposium upon the Human Figure in 1953. Thereafter, Russell painted mainly in classically and surrealistically symbolic styles that nevertheless showed have emotional impact of abstractionism. His last New York exhibit was at the Tatischeff Gallery in 1979 as his later acquit yourself was rarely exhibited. In addition to producing stylistically controversial work, after the 1950s, his latent anti-Semitism had become exposed and he had in objective of fact destroyed any unintentional for a continuing career outside of academia.

Russell studied at the Art Student's League and earned a master's degree at Columbia University. He as a consequence studied printmaking at the Atelier 17 in both Paris and New York. Teaching at the M.F.A program at Brooklyn College from 1946 until 1976, when he retired, Russell influenced many younger artists in figurative painting including Gabriel Laderman.

He is represented in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Detroit Institute of Arts.

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