This collection of mid-century intaglio etchings comes from the personal portfolio and estate of Betty W. Russell. Defined by her exceptional taste and support of visual arts exploration and research, these etchings display the artist's examination of self in an abstract world with existential tones weaved throughout the works.
Betty W. Russell, artist and founder of the Russell Foundation and Russell Lecture Series, was an avid collector of cultural and educational opportunities that fed her passion for the arts. Serving on the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego's Board of Trustees in the 1960's (formerly La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art), Russell boldly contributed to the rich appreciation of art and education present in San Diego today.
Russell Foundation Guiding Principle, est. 1980:
Man's most enduring achievement is art. At its best it reveals the nobility that coexists in human nature along with flaws and evils, and the truth and beauty it can perceive. Whether in music or architecture, literature, painting or sculpture, art opens our eyes and ears and feeling to something beyond ourselves, something we cannot experience without the artist's vision and the genius of his craft.
Barbara Tuchman Address to the National Endowment for the Humanities