Melvin Edwards 

Born: Houston, Texas, USA, 1937
Lives and works in New York and New Jersey, USA, and Dakar, Senegal


Education

1965
BFA, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA


Solo Exhibitions (selected)

2017
Melvin Edwards, Galerie Buchholz, Berlin, Germany 
Melvin Edwards: In Oklahoma, Alexander Gray Associates, New York, USA
Bell Gallery, Brown University, Rhode Island, USA 

2016
Melvin Edwards, Alexander Gray Associates, New York, USA
Melvin Edwards, Oklahoma Contemporary, Oklahoma City, USA 

2015-2016
Melvin Edwards: Five Decades, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas; travels to Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey; and Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio, USA 

2014
Melvin Edwards, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris, France
Melvin Edwards, Alexander Gray Associates, New York, USA
Melvin Edwards, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK 

2012
Melvin Edwards, Alexander Gray Associates, New York, USA 

2010
Melvin Edwards: Sculptures 1964–2010, Alexander Gray Associates, New York, USA 

2005 
Melvin Edwards, Georgia Southern University, Georgia, USA
Melvin Edwards, CDS Gallery, New York, USA 

2002
Melvin Edwards, Dieu Donne, New York, USA

2001
Melvin Edwards, Hunterdon Museum of Art, New Jersey, USA

2000
Melvin Edwards, Corroborations, Works of the 1990s, CDS Gallery, New York, USA
The Prints of A Sculptor, Jersey City Museum, New Jersey, USA
Conversation with Igun, Bayly Art Museum, University of Virginia, Virginia, USA 
Melvin Edwards: Lynch Fragments and Larger Works, Miami University Art Museum, Ohio, USA 

1998
Melvin Edwards: Lynch Fragments, Flint Institute of Arts, Michigan, USA

1996
The Way of Fire, CDS Gallery, New York, USA
Melvin Edwards: Lynch Fragments, Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey, USA 

1995
Melvin Edwards Sculpture: A Thirty-Year Retrospective 1963–1993, McNay Art Museum, Texas, USA Melvin Edwards, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana, USA
Melvin Edwards, Porter Troupe Gallery, California, USA
Melvin Edwards, Parchman Stremmel Gallery, Texas, USA 

1994
Melvin Edwards Sculpture: A Thirty-Year Retrospective 1963–1993, Frost Art Museum, Florida, USA Melvin Edwards Sculpture: A Thirty-Year Retrospective 1963–1993, Hood Museum of Art, New Hampshire, USA
Melvin Edwards, CDS Gallery, New York, USA 

1993
Melvin Edwards Sculpture: A Thirty-Year Retrospective 1963–1993, Neuberger Museum of Art, New York, USA
Melvin Edwards Lynch Fragments, Museum of Fine Arts, Massachusetts, USA
Lynch Fragments, CDS Gallery, New York, USA 

1992
Melvin Edwards, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Iowa, USA
Mel Edwards: “The Lynch Fragment Series”, Eugene Johnson Gallery of Art, Minnesota, USA

1991
Lynch Fragments: Selected Small Sculptures by Mel Edwards, Hammonds House Galleries and Resource Center of African-American Art, Georgia, USA
Project 1: Melvin Edwards: The “Lynch Fragment Series”, Oklahoma City Art Museum on the Fairgrounds, Oklahoma, USA
Mel Edwards: Sculptures/Drawings, Tomasulo Gallery, New Jersey, USA 

1990
Sculpture by Melvin Edwards, Franklin and Marshall College, Pennsylvania, USA
Melvin Edwards Sculpture: Fragments of a Decade 1980–1990, Montclair State College Art Gallery, New Jersey, USA
Melvin Edwards Sculpture, De Luce Gallery Northwest Missouri State University, Montana, USA Melvin Edwards: Recent Sculpture, CDS Gallery, New York, USA 

1989
Sculpture of Melvin Edwards, Korn Gallery, Madison College, New Jersey, USA
Memories Forming the Future: Sculpture of Melvin Edwards, Colgate University, New York, USA Melvin Edwards Sculpture, Extension Gallery, New Jersey, USA

1986
Mel Edwards Sculpture, Atrium Gallery, Connecticut, USA 

1985
Mel Edwards: Lynch Fragment Series, Robeson Center Gallery, New Jersey, USA
The Sculpture of Mel Edwards, Atrium Gallery, Connecticut, USA
Drawings, Monoprints, and Maquettes by Melvin Edwards, Jersey City Museum, New Jersey, USA 

1984 
The Sculpture of Melvin Edwards, UNESCO, Paris, France 

1983
Mel Edwards: Drawings for Southern Sunrise, Winston-Salem State University, North Carolina, USA 

1982
The Sculpture of Melvin Edwards, Sculpture Center Gallery, New York, USA 

1981
Sculpture by Mel Edwards, New Jersey State Museum, New Jersey, USA

1980
Melvin Edwards: Recent Sculpture, Fragments, and Larger Works, 55 Mercer Gallery, New York, USA Sculpture by Mel Edwards, Lusaka, Zambia American Cultural Center, Kenya, Africa
Melvin Edwards, YM-YMHA Greene Lane, Union, New Jersey, USA 

1979
Melvin Edwards, Johnson Atelier, New Jersey, USA 

1978
Melvin Edwards, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA 

1974
Lines, Carpenter Gallery, New Hampshire, USA 

1972
Melvin Edwards, Wright State University, Ohio, USA 

1970
Melvin Edwards, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA 

1969
Melvin Edwards, Andrew Dickinson White Museum of Art, New York, USA 

1968
Melvin Edwards, Walker Art Center, Minnesota, USA
Melvin Edwards, Barnsdall Art Center, California, USA 

1965
Melvin Edwards, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California, USA


Group Exhibitions (selected)

2018
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, Crystal Bridges Musuem of Americal Art, Bentonville, USA; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, USA

2017
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, Tate Modern, London, UK
20/20, The Studio Museum in Harlem and the Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
CONDO, Emalin, London, UK 
AfroFantastic: Black Imagination and Agency in the American Experience, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, FL, USA
Third Space /shifting conversations about contemporary art, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Space Force Construction, V-A-C Foundation with the Art Institute of Chicago, Palazzo delle Zattere, Venice, Italy
Black Feast, Simon Lee Gallery, New York, USA

2016
Not New Now, Marrakech Biennale, Morocco
The Lasting Concept, curated by Rob Halverson, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, USA
Postwar: Art between the Pacific and the Atlantic 1945 - 1965, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany Exposition d'artistes Caraibeens et des Amériques, Institut du Tout-Monde, Paris, France 

2015
Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England
Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK
56th International Art Exhibition - All the World's Futures, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Black SoCal: Art in Practice in an Evolving Landscape, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
A Constellation, The Studio Museum, Harlem, New York, USA
Not New Now, Marrakech Biennale, Marrakech, Morocco

2014-2015
Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties, Brooklyn Museum, New York; travelling to Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas; and Hood Museum of Art, New Hampshire, USA 

2014
Beyond the Spectrum: Abstraction in African American Art, 1950-1975, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, USA
Viewpoints: 20 Years of Adderly, Bakalar and Paine Galleries, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, Massachusettes, USA 

2013
African American Art Since 1950: Perspectives from the David C. Driskell Center, Taft Museum of Art, Ohio, USA
Assembly Required: Selections from the Permanent Collection, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA
Blues for Smoke, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA 

2012
Blues for Smoke, Museum of Contemporary Art, California, USA
Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960–1980, MoMA PS1, New York, USA
Paper Space: Drawings by Sculptors, Inman Gallery, Texas, USA
African American Art Since 1950: Perspectives from the David C. Driskell Center, David C. Driskell Center, Maryland, USA
Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Paintings and Sculpture 1945-1970, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany
African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C, USA
Magical Visions: Ten Contemporary African American Artists, Mechanical Hall Gallery, Delaware, USA

2011
Paper Trails: Selected Works from the Collection, 1934–2001, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Inside & Out: Melvin Edwards and Peter Saul, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Georgia, USA
Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Paintings and Sculpture 1945-1970, J. Paul Getty Center, California, USA
Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960–1980, Hammer Museum, California, USA
Sculpted, Etched and Cut: Metal Works from the Permanent Collection, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA

2010
Abstract Relations, David C. Driskell Center, Maryland, USA
Art in Embassies Exhibition, U.S. Embassy Residence, Warsaw, Poland
Art Collection of the United States Embassy, U.S. Embassy, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
What Matters, Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts, USA
Americanana, Hunter College, New York, USA 

2008
Melvin Edwards, Museu Afrobrasil, São Paulo, Brazil 

2006
Energy/Experimentation: Black Artists and Abstraction 1964-1980, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA
L.A. Object and David Hammons Body Prints, Tilton Gallery, New York, USA 

2005
The Bristol-Myers Squibb Sculpture Project, Bristol-Myers Squibb Park, New Jersey, USA
Something to Look Forward To, Heckscher Museum, New York, USA
Reaction (1945-1963), Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, California, USA
African American Masters: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Utah, USA 

2004
Something to Look Forward To, The Phillips Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, USA
How Sculptors See, Worcester Art Museum, Massachussets, USA
African American Masters: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Melvin Edwards, Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio, USA 

2003
African American Masters: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, New Watts: Art & Social Change in Los Angeles, 1965-2002, Haggerty Museum of Art, Wisconsin, USA 

2001
Expanding on a Legacy: American Art From the Montclair Art Museum, UBS Paine Webber Art Gallery, New York, USA
American Identities: A New Look, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, USA
Material and Matter, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA 

2000
Welded Sculpture of the Twentieth Century, Neuberger Museum of Art, New York, USA
Public Voices, Private Visions: African American Art 2000, Rockland Center for the Arts, New York, USA
Melvin Edwards, Project Row Houses, Houston, Texas, USA 

1999
26 Sculptors in Their Environments, Rockland Center for the Arts, New York, USA 

1998
Histories (Re)membered, Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, USA
African American Art from the New Jersey State Museum Collection, New Jersey State Museum, New Jersey, USA
Stages of Creation: Public Sculpture by National Academicians, National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts, New York, USA
Sculpture From New Jersey, New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts, New Jersey, USA
Sculpture: New Jersey, Ramapo College Art Gallery, New Jersey, USA
Twentieth Century American Sculpture at the White House, The White House, Washington D.C, USA Tragic Wake: The Legacy of Slavery and the African Diaspora in Contemporary American Art, Spirit Square Center for Arts and Education, North Carolina, USA 

1997
Melvin Edwards, CDS Gallery, New York, USA

1996
Texas Modern and Post-Modern, Museum of Fine Arts, Texas, USA

1995
Editions, Skoto Gallery, New York, USA
Melvin Edwards, Richard Hunt, Lester Johnson, Stephen Procuniar Editions 1974–1991, Pharos Gallery, New York, USA
The Listening Sky, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA
Civil Rights Now, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, North Carolina, USA
The Iguana Hat: The Artist’s Quest for Symbols of the Self, SciosNova, Florida, USA 

1994
Dream Singers, Story Tellers: An African American Presence, New Jersey State Museum, New Jersey, USA
Melvin Edwards, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey, USA
25th Anniversary Exhibition, Cinque Gallery, New York, USA 

1993
The Mask in Contemporary Art, Sewall Art Gallery, Texas, USA
New Jersey Arts Annual, The Newark Museum, New Jersey, USA Recollections/Resistances/Reconstruction, Hillwood Art Gallery, New York, USA 

1992
Present Tense, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Union Art Gallery, Wisconsin, USA
The Expanding Circle: A Selection of African-American Art, The Gallery at Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Princeton, New Jersey, USA
The Order of Things: Toward a Politic of Still Life, Real Art Ways at Widener Gallery, Connecticut, USA
John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA
Gifted Visions: African American Artists, Lyman Allyn Museum, Connecticut, USA
Bridges and Boundaries: African-Americans and American Jews, The Jewish Museum, New York, USA Three Voices: Thirty Years of Afro-American Expression, Shircliff Gallery of Art, Indiana, USA 
In Plural America: Contemporary Journeys Voices and Identities, The Hudson River Museum, New York, USA
Warriors: The Guerreros, Atrium Gallery, Connecticut, USA
Dream Singers, Story Tellers: An African-American Presence, Fukui Fine Arts Museum, Fukui, Japan 

1991
Sculpture: Seven Artists of the 90’s, CDS Gallery, New York, USA
Espiritu & Materia; Estetica Alternativa Norteamericana, Museo de Artes Visuales Alejandro Otero, Caracas, Venezuela
Discarded, Rockland Center for Arts, New York, USA
The Harlem Renaissance Remembered, Brownson Art Gallery, New York, USA
Spirit Calls, Artworks Gallery, Connecticut, USA
Spiritual Cargo: Shamanistic Manifestations, Atrium Gallery, Connecticut, USA
Artists of Conscience: 16 Years of Social and Political Commentary, Alternative Museum, New York, USA
African American Works on Paper from the Cochran Collection, New Visions Gallery, Georgia, USA 

1990
The Blues Esthetic: Black Culture and Modernism, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA Formulation and Representation: Recent Abstract Sculpture, Bertha and Karl Luebsdorf Steelworks, USX Tower, Pennsylvania, USA
CDiverse Representations 1990, The Morris Museum, New Jersey, USA
The Decade Show: Frameworks of Identity in the 1980s, Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, New York, USA
Inaugural Exhibition, Abington Art Center Sculpture Garden, Pennsylvania, USA
A Force of Repetition, New Jersey State Museum, New Jersey, USA
New History: Sculptural Installations, Atlanta College Art Gallery, Georgia, USA
Legacies: African American Artists, New Jersey Center for Visual Art, New Jersey, USA
Painted Forms: Recent Metal Sculpture, Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, New York, USA 

1989
Bronze and Steel: Sculpture by Melvin Edwards and Robert T. Cooke, Pyramid Gallery, New York, USA
Introspective: Contemporary Art by Americans and Brazilians of African Descent, California African American Museum, California, USA
Traditions and Transformations: Contemporary Afro-American Sculpture, Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, USA
Afro American Abstractions in Printmaking, California African American Museum California, USA
The Blues Aesthetic: Black Culture and Modernism, Corcoran Gallery, Washington D.C, USA
Melvin Edwards, Newton Art Center, Massachusetts, USA 

1988
Committed to Print, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Sculpture: Inside, Outside, Walker Art Center, Minnesota, USA
Affinities: Idioms/Aesthetics/Intents, Jamaica Art Center, New York, USA
Traces of History: Art of Afro-America, Robeson Gallery, New Jersey, USA
The Law & Order Show, Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA
Outside In, New York Cultural Center, New York, USA
Making The Main Stream, Melvin Gallery, Florida, USA
Public Art, California African American Museum, New York, USA
Committed to Print, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

1987
The Law & Order Show, Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA
The Afro-American Artist in the Age of Cultural Pluralism, The Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey, USA
Outside In, New York Cultural Center, New York, USA
Making the Mainstream, SVC Fine Arts Gallery, Florida, USA
Public Art, The Museum of African American Art, Los Angeles, California, USA 

1986
Black Visions, City Hall, New York, USA
Liberty and Justice, Alternative Museum, New York, USA
Irons in the Fire, Memorial Arch at Grand Army Plaza, New York, USA
Contemporary Sculpture Selection, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA
Inaugural, Socrates Sculpture Park, New York, USA 

1985
Traditions and Conflict: Images of a Turbulent Decade, 1963–1973, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA 

1984
Since the Harlem Renaissance, Center Gallery, Pennyslyvania, USA
Art: For and Against, Thorpe Intermedia Gallery, New York, USA
Celebration: Eight Afro-American Artists Selected by Romare Bearden, Louis Abrons Arts of Living Center, Henry Street Settlement, New York, USA
Contra-Apartheid, UNESCO, Paris, France
East-West: Contemporary American Art, California Afro-American Museum, Los Angeles, California, USA
Artists in Celebration of Black History Month, Trenton State College Art Gallery, New Jersey, USA Sculpture, Gallery of Murphy Fine Arts Center, Maryland, USA
Sticks and Stones: Modern and Post-Modern Sculpture, Kenkeleba House, New York, USA
Sculpture from Rutgers, Robeson Center Gallery, New Jersey, USA
New Jersey Arts Inclusion Program 1978-84, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Jersey, USA Melvin Edwards, Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, New York, USA
3 Artists in Celebration of Black History Month, Trenton State College Art Gallery, New Jersey, USA 

1983
Var for New York, Futura Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
The War Show, University Art Gallery, New York, USA
5 Sculptors, Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, USA
Art in Public, Chicago Sculptural Society, Illinois, USA
Celebrating Contemporary American Black Artists, Fine Arts Museum of Long Island, New York, USA 4 Sculptors, Sid Deutsch Gallery, New York, USA
Young Talent Awards 1963–83, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, Califonria, USA Environmental Sculpture, Chicago Sculptural Center, Illinois, USA

1982
Mayor Byrnes’ Mile of Sculpture, Navy Pier, Illinois, USA
The 4 Directions, Gallery of the American Indian Community House, New York, USA
Sacred Artifacts: Common Objects of Devotion, Alternative Museum, New York, USA
Ritual and Myth: A Survey of African American Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA Works on Paper, Woodson Regional Library, Illinois, USA
Black Artists: Recent Attitudes II, California State University, California, USA
Visual Politics, Alternative Museum, New York, USA
Afro-American Abstraction, Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA 

1981
Mel Edwards and Greg Edwards: Sculpture and Works on Paper, University Art Gallery, New York, USA
Outdoor Sculpture at the Aquarium, Niagara Falls, New York, USA
Melvin Edwards, Cinque Gallery, New York, USA
Focus Southern Africa: Details of the Struggle, Countee Cullen Library, New York, USA
Melvin Edwards, Westbeth Gallery, New York, USA 

1980
Melvin Edwards, YW-YMHA, Green Lane, Union, New Jersey, USA
Sculpture Today: Tradition and Non-Traditional, The Art Gallery: University of Maryland, Maryland, USA
Afro-American Abstraction, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, USA
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, California, USA 

1979
3 Sculptors, The Bronx Museum of Arts, New York, USA
Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA 

1977
Melvin Edwards, Florida International University, Florida, USA
Melvin Edwards, Henry O. Tanner Gallery, New York, USA
Drawn and Matched, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Environmental Sculpture, Robert Moses Plaza, Fordham University at Lincoln Center, New York, USA The Concept as Art, Just Above Midtown Gallery, New York, USA
Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture: FESTAC ’77, Lagos, Nigeria
Melvin Edwards, Fisher Gallery, California, USA

1976
Resonance: Williams/Edwards/Gilliam, Morgan State University, Maryland, USA 

1975
76 Jefferson, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Sculpture Invitational, Gallery Ariadne, New York, USA
Melvin Edwards, Cinque Gallery, New York, USA

1974
Gilliam / Edwards / Williams: Extensions, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum, Connecticut, USA
Melvin Edwards, Carpenter Gallery, New Hampshire, USA 

1973
Melvin Edwards, Arnot Art Museum, New York, USA
Sculpture Three: New York Artists on Tour, World Trade Center, New York, USA 

1972
Edwards, Gilliam, Williams, Wabash Transit Gallery, Illinois, USA
New York Artists at Storm King, Storm King Art Center, New York, USA 

1971
Artist as Advocate, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Melvin Edwards, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Connecticut, USA
Whitney Annual – Contemporary American Sculpture, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA 

1970
Paperworks, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Melvin Edwards, The William Benton Museum of Art, Connecticut, USA
Dimensions of Black Art, La Jolla Museum of Art, California, USA
Melvin Edwards, Rental Gallery, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA 

1969
California Crafts Survey, Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego, California, USA
Five + 1, Frank Bowling, Melvin Edwards, Al Loving, William T. Williams, Daniel L. Johnson, Jack, Whitten Art Gallery ,New York, USA
X to the 4th Power, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA 

1968
New Voices, American Greeting Gallery, Pan Am Building, New York, USA
Thirty Contemporary Black Artists, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA 

1967
Melvin Edwards, San Fernando Valley State College, California, USA
Melvin Edwards, Esther Bear Gallery, California, USA 

1966
Melvin Edwards, Esther Bear Gallery, California, USA
The Negro in American Art, University of California, California, USA 

1965
Melvin Edwards, Esther Bear Gallery, California, USA
Melvin Edwards, Richard Grey Gallery, Illinois, USA
Five Younger Los Angeles Artists, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California, USA 

1962
Annual, La Jolla Museum of Art, California, USA


Catalogues and Publications (selected)

2015
Melvin Edwards: Five Decades, Nasher Sculpture Center, Texas, USA (catalogue)
20 Years, essays by Stephen Friedman and Sarah Thornton, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England (catalogue) 

2014
Melvin Edwards, Alexander Gray Associates
Carbone, Teresa A. and Kellie Jones, Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties, Brooklyn Museum and The Monacelli Press, New York, USA 

2012
Magical Visions: Ten Contemporary African American Artists, Newark, Mechanical Hall Gallery, University of Delaware, Delaware, USA 

1993
Melvin Edwards Sculpture: A Thirty-Year Retrospective, The Neuberger Museum of Art, New Jersey, USA
Mosquera, Gerardo, Melvin Edwards, Ante America, Banco de la Republica, Bógota, Columbia 

1992
The Expanding Circle: A Selection of African American Art, The Gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, New Jersey, USA
Gifted Visions: African American Artists, Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, Connecticut, USA
In Plural America: Contemporary Journeys, Voices and Identities, The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York, USA
Melvin Edwards, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA
Melvin Edwards: The Lynch Fragment Series, Bethel College, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Vansen, Leslie, Present Tense, The University of Wisconsin, UMW Fine Arts, January, USA 
Brenson, Michael, “The Pressure of Voices.” Dream Singers, Story Tellers: An African American Presence, Fukui Art Musem, Tokyo, Japan; New Jersey State Museum, New Brunswick, USA and the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA
Canning, Susan M., The Order of Things: Toward a Politic of Still Life, CaThe Widener Gallery at Trinity College and Real Art Ways, Hartford, Connecticut, USA 

1991
Abrams, Joyce, Discarded, The Emerson Gallery, Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, New York, USA
Espiritu & Materia: Estética Alternativa Norteamericana, essays by Jorge Guttierez and Lucila Anzola, Caracas, Venezuela, Museo de Artes Visuales Alejandro Otero, Venezuela
Sculpture Update, Feinberg, Jean E. Bertoia, Buchanan, Edwards, Mitchell, Diggs Gallery, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
Spriggs, Edward S. Lynch, Fragments: Selected Small Sculpture by Mel Edwards, Hammonds House Galleries and Resource Center of African-American Art, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

1990
Abington Art Center Sculpture Garden, The Inaugural Exhibition, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, Pennysylvnia, USA
Edwards, Susan, Formulation and Representation: Recent Abstract Sculpture, The Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery, Hunter College, New York, USA
A Force of Repetition, The New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, New Jersey, USA
Gear, Josephine, Painted Forms: Recent Metal Sculpture, Whitney Museum of Art at Phillip Morris, New York, USA
Pace, Lorenzo, Melvin Edwards Sculpture: Fragments of a Decade: 1980–1990, Montclair State College Art Gallery, New Jersey, USA
Patton, Sharon F., The Decade Show: Frameworks of Identity in the 1980s, Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art; The New Museum of Contemporary Art; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA

1989
Bronze and Steel Sculpture by Melvin Edwards and Robert T. Cooke, Pyramid Gallery, New York, USA
Drewal, Henry J. and David C. Driskell, Introspectives: Contemporary Art by Americans and Brazilians of African Descent, Afro-American Museum Foundation, Los Angeles, California, USA 

1988
Affinities: Idioms: Aesthetics/Intents, Jamaica Arts Center, Queens, New York, USA 

1984
Sticks and Stones: Modern/Post-Modern Sculpture, Kenkeleba House, Inc., New York, USA Celebration: Eight Afro-American Artists Selected by Romare Bearden, Henry Street Settlement Urban Life Center, New York, USA 

1982
Hammond King, Leslie, Ritual and Myth: A Survey of African American Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA 

1980
Sculpture Today: Traditional and Non-Traditional, College Park, Maryland, USA 

1978
Goode-Bryant, Linda and Marcy S. Phillips, Contextures, Just Above Midtown, Inc, New York, USA Melvin Edwards: Sculptor, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA Campbell, Marty Schmidt, Melvin Edwards: Sculptor, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA 

1977
Environmental Sculpture, Fordham University, New York, USA 

1974
Extensions: Gillaim/Edwards/Williams, Wadsworth Atheneum Galleries, Hartford, New York, USA 

1971
Doty, Robert, Contemporary Black Artists in America, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA 

1970
Artist as Advocate, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Melvin Edwards: Works, statement by William T. Williams, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA 

1969
Bowling, Frank, Five Plus One, Stony Brook Department of Art, State University of New York, USA
X to the Fourth Power, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA 

1968
30 Contemporary Black Artists, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, USA 

1965
Five Younger Los Angeles Artists, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California, USA


Bibliography (selected)

2015
Diakhaté, Lydie, Melvin Edwards: The Poetics of the Blacksmith, Wasafiri, Volume 30, No. 3, September, pp. 64-74
Godfrey, Mark, Reciprocal Gestures, Art Forum, May
Quaintance, Morgan, Melvin Edwards, Stephen Friedman Gallery Review, Frieze Magazine, March Smart, Lauren, Melvin Edwards on Sculpture: ‘It’s Like Making a Baby’, Dallas Observer, 16 February
American Sculptor Exhibits Work In First Solo UK Show, The Voice, 12 January 2014
Jones, Jonathan, Exhibtion of the week, The Guardian, 12 December 
Frankel, Eddy, Melvin Edwards at Stephen Friedman Gallery, Time Out 10 December
Cotter, Holland, Battle Lines for Change ‘Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties’ at the Brooklyn Museum, The New York Times, 20 March
Campbell, Andrianna, “Witness”, Artforum, March
Craft, Catherine, Barbed Abstraction, Art in America, January 
Dagen, Philippe, Melvin Edwards: Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Le Monde, 3 March
In the Studio: Melvin Edwards, Nasher Sculpture Centre: Members Newsletter, Summer 2013 Bailey, Ludlow. E, Review: Art Basel goes ‘Afropolitan.’ The Grio, 8 December
Blues for Smoke, The Geffen Contemporary At MoCA, Los Angeles, Artforum, March 2012
Diawara, Manthia and Lydie Diakhaté, Melvin Edwards in Conversation with Manthia Diawara and Lydie Diakhaté, Journal of Contemporary African Art, Spring 
Goodman, Jonathan, Resistance of Steel: Melvin Edwards at Alexander Gray, Artcritical, 1 December Kino, Carol, Rediscovering Someone Recognized, The New York Times, 21 October

2011
Jones, Kellie, and Imamu Amiri Baraka, Eyeminded: Living and Writing Contemporary Art, Durham, NC: Duke University Press
Art Review: ‘Now Dig This!’ at the UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles Times, 10 October 
McRae, F. Finley, L.A. Exhibit Salutes City’s Elite Black Artists, The Root, 15 October
Nelson, Crystal Am, From Los Angeles: Now Dig This!, Art Practical, 26 October 
Plagens, Peter, Laying Claim to Its Place in the Sun, The Wall Street Journal, 26 October

2010
Chamberlain, Colby, Melvin Edwards, Artforum, September
King-Hammond, Leslie and Lowery Stokes Sims, The Global Africa Project, Museum of Arts and Design, New York: Prestel, USA
Merjian, Ara H, Melvin Edwards: Alexander Gray Associates, Artforum, November 
Molesworth, Helen, Best of 2010, Artforum, December 
Ostrow, Saul, Melvin Edwards, Art in America, 1 December
Perchuk, Andrew and Rani Singh, Modern Art in Los Angeles Melvin Edwards oral history interview Troupe, Margaret Porter, Mel Edwards and His Magical Metal Sculptures, The Root, 11 October Smith, Roberta, Melvin Edwards: ‘Sculpture 1964–2010’, The New York Times, 15 October 
Schultz, Charlie, From Hostility to Humor, Artslant, 12 September 2006
Cotter, Holland, Energy and Abstraction at the Studio Museum in Harlem, The New York Times, 7 April
Eitzen, Dirk, Persistence of Vision: Contemporary African American Abstract Art, Franklin & Marshall College

2004
Janson, Anthony F, History of Art: The Western Tradition, New York: Prentice Hall

1999
Frascina, Francis, Art, politics, and dissent: aspects of the art left in sixties America, Manchester: Manchester University Press
Schwabsky, Barry, ON THE TOWNS; The Great Outdoors As a Showcase For Sculpture, The New York Times, 23 May

1998
Dotson, Howard, African-American Art Ebony Magazine, October African American Art Oxford History of Art Series Sculpture & Poetry, Sculpture Magazine, March

1997 
Princenthal, Nancy, Melvin Edwards at CDS, Art in America, January
Sandler, Irving, Art Postmodern

1996
Rapaport, Brooke Kamin, Welded Poetry, Sculpture Magazine, October 
Wallach, Amei, Melvin Edwards, ArtNews, October

1995
Gregg, Gail, Poetry in Heavy Metal, ArtNews, February

1994
Alegría, Carmen and Nancy Morejón, Melvin Edwards: The World of a Marvelous Artist, The Black Scholar, Vol. 24, No. 1, Winter, pp. 47-50
Edwards, Melvin and Jayne Cortez, Fragments: Sculpture and Drawings from the ‘Lynch Fragment’ Series, New York: Bola Press
McEvilley, Thomas, Dream Singers, Story Tellers, Artforum, March 
Morejón, Nancy, Melvin Edwards: The World of a Marvelous Artist, The Black Scholar
Patton, Sharon, Melvin Edwards Sculptor of the African-American Ethos, The Black Scholar, Vol. 24, No. 1, Winter, p. 51-55

1993
Exhibition celebrates African American Sculptor, Westchester County Press, 1 April 
Edwards Retrospective to Open at Neuberger, The Scarsdale Inquirer, 26 March
Gouveia, Georgette, SUNY Exhibit Likely to Cause a Favorable Chain Reaction, Gannett Suburban Newspapers, May
Kimmelman, Michael, Melvin Edwards: Art that goes Beyond Social Content, The New York Times, 23 May
Major Exhibit Showcases Works of Plainfeld Sculptor, The Star Ledger, 17 April
Rapaport, Brooke Kamin, Melvin Edwards: Lynch Fragment, Art in America, March
Raynor, Vivien, Out the Works of So–Called 'Outsiders’, The New York Times, 28 November
Ross, Carolee, Man of Steel, The Advocate and Greenwich Times, 7 May
Scates, Deborah A, Melvin Edwards: Steel Fusions at the Neuberger, Artnews, May 
This Week in Westchester, The New York Times, 4–11 April
Zimmer, William, Freestanding Metaphors of Suffering and Strength, The New York Times, 18 April 

1992
Cortez, Jayne, Three Poems: Lynch Fragment I; It Came; Ogun’s Friend, Sulfur: A Literary Bi-Annual of the Whole Art, Ypsilanti: Eastern Michigan University, USA
Dufresne, Bethe, Gifted Visions: Lyman Allyn Show Celebrates Works by African Americans, The Day, New London, Connecticut, 2 February, C1, C3

1991
Bohlier, Michelle, Mel Edwards: Not Your Typical Steel Worker, Oklahoma Accent Magazine, February, vol. 3, cover pp. 7, 11, 21
Brandenburg, John, Metal Sculptures Are Powerful, NewsOK, 6 March
Brenson, Michael, Art in Review: Lee Tribe, The New York Times, 28 June, C21
Brenson, Michael, Melvin Edwards, The New York Times, 8 March, C20
Brenson, Michael, Melvin Edwards, The New York Times, 26 July, C28
Brenson, Michael, Natural Gallery: A Cityful of Sculpture, Under the Sky, The New York Times, 26 July, C1
Brenson, Michael, Painted Forms: Recent Metal Sculpture, The New York Times, 4 January, C20 Caccioppo, Nancy, From Waste to Art, Rockland Journal News, Rockland County, New York, 4 October, C1
Chadwick, Susan, Shadow Dancing at CAM, The Houston Post, 20 October, J10
Guevera, Roberto, ‘Plastica: Arte y Consistencia’ Nacional, 23 July
Jennings, Kate F, Vibrant art show celebrates Harlem Renaissance, Greenwich News, 7 November Los Cuatro Jinetes del Arte Estadounidense, El Diario de Caracas, 20 May
Lynch Fragment, Oklahoma City Art Museum Lynne, Kenny, Purchase, NY: Manhattanville College McNally, Owen, Myths, Masks, Monsters, The Hartford Courant, November B1, B3.
Public Art Fund: Making a Place for Sculpture in the City, The Journal of Art, June–August, pp. 12. Zimmer, William, Big Names in the Recycling Game Coax Poetry From Debris, The New York Times, 8 November
Zimmer, William, Dreams and Legacies of Harlem Renaissance, The New York Times, 3 November, WC20.
Wadsworth, Susan, The Artist as Magic Seer, The Chronicle, 1 November, p. 11

1990
Bass, Ruth, Melvin Edwards, ARTnews, September, vol. 89, p. 190. Illus. ‘Sekuru Knows Bernard’, Audrey J, Audrey’s Whirl...Man of Steel, Afro Times, 3 March, p. 10 
Brenson, Michael, Melvin Edwards, The New York Times, March 30, C28
Brenson, Michael, Taking on the World from 125th Street, The New York Times, 23 September, pp. 2, 35, 40
Cotter, Holland, Black Artists: Three Shows, Art in America, no. 78, March, pp. 164–71
Fox, Catherine, Form, Materials Unite New History Exhibition, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 10 August, E2
James, Curtia, New History, ARTnews, no. 89, October, p. 203
Johnson, Ken, Melvin Edwards, Art in America, no. 78, September, p. 136. Illus. ‘Mangwana’
Mercer, Valerie J, Sculptor’s Horizons Have No Limits, The New York Times, 3 June, sec. 8, p. 12. Oren, Michel, The Smokehouse Painters: 1968–70, African American Review, vol. 24, no.3, Fall pp. 509–31
Woods, Joe, Mel Edwards, The Village Voice, 27 March, p. 103
Zimmer, William, A Keeper of the Heroic Flame, The New York Times, 11 March D16.

1989
Brenson, Michael, Black Artists: A Place in the Sun, The New York Times, 12 March, sec 2, p.1 Brenson, Michael, Bold Sculpture for Wide-Open Spaces, The New York Times, 21 July, sec. C1 Brenson, Michael, Going Beyond Slickness: Sculptors Get Back to Basics, The New York Times, 3 March, C1, p. 40
Bernard, Audrey J, Audrey’s Whirl...Bronze and Steel, Afro Times
Knight, Christopher, Exhibiting a Real Identity Crisis: Introspectives focuses on U.S., Brazilian Slavery Roots, Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Sunday, 16 April, E2.
O’Crowley, Peggy, Putting Together Fragments, News Tribune, 7 May, E1, p. 2.
Odenhal, Nora, Heavy Metal: New Jersey Sculptors Melvin Edwards and Robert Cooke Bring Life to Steel and Bronze, New Jersey Good Life, October
Sypniewski, Mike, Putting together ‘Fragments’, The News Tribune, 7 May 
Wallach, Amei, Art with a Wallop, Newsday, 10 April, Nassau and Suffolk ed., II, 4; City ed., 8. 

1988
Brenson, Michael, Sculpture, Private and Public, The New York Times, 23 December, C36
Raynor, Vivien, Trace of History: Art of Afro-America at Robeson Gallery, The New York Times, 14 February, p. 32 

1985
Brenson, Michael, Expressionists Who Point Up at Each Other’s Strengths, The New York Times, 21 July, C3
Differing abstract media enhance Rutgers exhibit, The Sunday Star Ledger, 7 July
Raynor, Vivien, Art; Sculpture, Drawings, and Paintings, Too, The New York Times, 14 July, p. 21 

1983
Edgerton, A.C. and M. Tuchman, Modern and Contemporary Art Council Young Talent Awards 1963–1983, Bulletin of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, no. 27, Illus. ‘Fourth Circle and Luxor Variation’
Fryer-Kohles, Jeanne, Mel Edwards Poetics, Dialogue: The Ohio Arts Journal, vol. 5, no. 5, May/June 

1982
Mt. Vernon Plaza Sculpture by Melvin Edwards Dedicated, The Call and Post, 8 November, 9A 

1981
Encore American & Worldwide News, November
Art: Melvin Edwards: Steelyard Blues, a Black Sculptor Wins Recognition, Encore: American and Worldwide News, November, pp. 42–43

1980
Alloway, Lawrence, Art, The Nation, April 12, vol. 230, pp. 441–42
Hughes, Robert, Going back to Africa...As Visitors, Time, no. 115, 31 March, p. 72
Wilson, Judith, Melvin Edwards at 55 Mercer, Art in America, October vol. 68, p. 136. 

1979
Kingsley, April, Overcoming the Double Whammy, The Village Voice, June 25, p. 99. 

1974
Cortez, Jayne, Extensions, Continuities: Journal from the Black Studies Department of the City College of New York, pp. 51–53 

1973
Cederholm, Theresa Dickason, Afro-American artists: A Bio-Bibliographical Directory, Boston: Boston Public Library, USA
Cortez, Jayne, Scarifications, New York: Cortez
Fine, Elsa H, The Afro-American Artist; A Search for Identity, New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston Lynch Fragments, Mundus Artisum Quarterly

1971
Bowling, Frank, It’s Not Enough to Say Black is Beautiful, ARTnews, April, p. 55. Illus. ‘Pyramid Up and Pyramid Down’
Cortez, Jayne, Festivals and Funerals, New York: Cortez, USA 
Walker, Roslyn, A Resource Guide to the Visual Arts of Afro-Americans 1970
Bloom, Janet, 5+1, Arts, December
Harley, Ralph Jr, Check-List of Afro-American Art and Artists, December
Myers, Carol, Black Power in the Arts, Flint, MI: Flint Board of Education Object Diversity, Time, 6 April, pp. 80–87
Pincus-Witten, Robert, Exhibition at the Whitney Museum, Artforum, May 
Ratcliff, Carter, New Informalists: Young New York Painters, Artnews, February

1969
Bowling, Frank, Black Art III, Arts Magazine, December, pp. 20–22. Illus. ‘My Turn to Burn’ 1965
Bowling, Frank, Discussion on Black Art II, Arts Magazine, May, pp. 20–23. Illus. ‘Untitled’ 1968
Cortez, Jayne, Pissstained Stairs and the Monkey Man’s Wares, New York: Phrase Text
Fine, Elsa H, Mainstream, Beckstream and the Black Art Movement, Art Journal, Spring  
Mellow, James R, The Black Artist, The Black Community, The White Art World, The New York Times, 29 June sec. 2, p. 23

1968
Afro-American Issue, Art Gallery, April 
New Voices 15 New York Artists, American Greetings Gallery

1965
Gebhard, David, Melvin Edwards, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Artforum


Public Artwork

2017
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia, USA 

2012
Column of Memory, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

2008
Transcendence, Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania, USA 

2003
Transformations in the Light, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA 

1993
Safe Journey, Department of Motor Vehicles, Eatontown, New Jersey, USA

1991
Passage, Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Tomorrow’s Wind, Thomas Jefferson Park, New York, USA

1990
Asafokra, The Utsukushi-Ga-Hara Open-Air Museum, Nagano Prefecture, Japan

1989
Confirmation, Joseph P. Addabbo Federal Building, Jamaica Queens, New York, USA 

1987
Education Is an Open Book, Livingston College of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA 

1986
Gate of Ogun, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York, USA
Along the Way, Peat, Marwick, and Mitchell, Montvale, New Jersey, USA

1985
Holder of the Light, Lafayette Gardens, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA 

1983
Southern Sunrise, Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA 

1982
Out of the Struggles of the Past to a Brilliant Future, Mount Vernon Plaza, Columbus, Ohio, USA 

1970
Double Circles, Bethune Towers, New York, USA 

1969
Homage to My Father and the Spirit, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA

1967
Homage to Billie Holiday and the Young Ones of Soweto, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA


Grants and Awards

2014
Honorary Doctorate, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston 

2006
Rockefeller Foundation Research Award for Work on Sculpture and Architecture

2000
Papermaking Fellowship, Dieu Donne 

1998
Grant for Artist Residency for Inauguration of Print Workshop for Goree Institute, Senegal VanDer Zee Artist Award

1997
Phillis Weatley Award for Life’s Work in Sculpture 

1995
Artist Award, Studio Museum in Harlem National Endowment for the Arts Grant 

1994
Joan Mitchel Foundation Award 

1993
Historic Hudson Valley “African American Heritage Award” for Art
The Fujisankei Biennale Grand Prize, The Utsukushi-ga-hara Open-Air Museum

1989
Fulbright Fellowship to Zimbabwe

1985
New Jersey State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant 

1984
National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist’s Fellowship 

1975
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Award  

1973
New York State Council on the Arts Creative Artists Public Service Fellowship 

1971
National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship 

1969
Cassandra Foundation Award Santa Barbara Art Association Small Sculpture Award 

1967
Long Beach Museum of Art Award

1965
Los Angeles Contemporary Art Council Award

1964
John Hay Whitney Fellowship

1958
Scholarship to Los Angeles County Art Institute


Public Collections

The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, USA
The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Florida, USA
Bethune Towers, New York, USA
Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, USA 
Bronx Museum of Art, New York, USA
Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA
Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, California, USA 
Center for the Arts, Florida, USA
The Center Gallery, Bucknell University, Pennsylvania, USA
Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, USA
Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan, USA
The Flint Institute of Arts, Michigan, USA
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, , New York, USA
James E. Lewis Museum of Art, Maryland, USA
Joseph P. Addabbo Federal Building, New York, USA
Kingsborough Community College, New York, USA
Lafayette Gardens, New Jersey, USA
Lafayette College, Pennsylvania, USA
Long Beach Museum of Art, California, USA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California, USA
Martin Luther King, Jr. Promenade, California, USA
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Miami University, Florida, USA
Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey, USA
Mott-Warsh Collection, Michigan, USA
Mount Vernon Plaza, Ohio, USA 
Museo de Artes Visualez Alejandro Otero, Caracas, Venezuela 
The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Texas, USA
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
National Academy Museum, New York, USA
Neuberger Museum of Art, New York, USA
The New Jersey State Museum, New Jersey, USA
The Newark Museum, New Jersey, USA
Peat, Marwick, and Mitchell, Montvale, New Jersey, USA
Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA
The Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, USA
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C, USA
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington D.C, USA
The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA
Thomas Jefferson Park, New York, USA
United States Embassy, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
University of Maryland, Maryland, USA
University of Virginia, Virginia, USA
The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Connecticut, USA
Winston-Salem State University, North Carolina, USA
Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts, USA