'Melvin Edwards: Five Decades' travels to Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, Ohio, USA for the last instalment of this major retrospective. Melvin Edwards is an American sculptor who works primarily in welded steel. Best known for his Lynch Fragments, an ongoing series of small-scale reliefs born out of the social and political turmoil of the civil rights movement, Edwards is also the first African American sculptor to have had a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York in 1970. Edwards has had a long career as a public sculptor, with works in Senegal, Japan, Cuba, and throughout the United States, including a monumental work in Columbus, Ohio called "Out of the Struggles of the Past to a Brilliant Future (1982)," which is located in Mount Vernon Plaza off Atcheson Street.
The retrospective opened in January 2015 at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas and travelled to Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA in September 2015.
Melvin Edwards: Five Decades is organized by the Nasher Sculpture Center and its Associate Curator, Catherine Craft. The exhibition is made possible by the Henry Luce Foundation. Additional major support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.
The exhibition runs from 12 February - 8 May 2016.
Melvin Edwards at Columbus Museum of Art