Melvin Edwards

Melvin Edwards

African-American
b. 1937
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Overview

Melvin Edwards is a pioneer in the history of contemporary African-American art.

Melvin Edwards is a pioneer in the history of contemporary African-American art.

Melvin Edwards was born in 1937 in Houston, USA. He lives and works just outside of New York, USA and Dakar, Senegal.

Edwards is celebrated for his distinctive sculptures and three-dimensional installations created from welded steel, barbed wire, chain and machine parts. While the artist's formal language clearly engages with the history of abstraction and modern sculpture, Edwards' work is born out of the social and political turmoil of the civil rights movement in the United States. Themes of race, protest and social injustice permeate the artist’s practice.

The artist's career began in southern California with a solo exhibition at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in 1965. In 1970, Edwards went on to become the first African-American sculptor to have a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, presenting a ground-breaking installation of work made from barbed wire.

Selected Artworks

Melvin Edwards

Latest News

The Armory Show
Art fairs
5–8 March 2020

The Armory Show

Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to return to The Armory Show at Booth 901 on Pier 94. The gallery presents a selection of work by Mamma AnderssonJuan AraujoTonico Lemos AuadJonathan BaldockEd BaynardMelvin EdwardsAndreas ErikssonDenzil ForresterKendell GeersChanning HansenJim HodgesGed QuinnYinka Shonibare CBE and Luiz Zerbini. A section of the booth is dedicated to David Shrigley.

New York, Pier 94, Booth 901
Art Basel
Art fairs
13–16 June 2019

Art Basel

For Art Basel 2019, Stephen Friedman Gallery (Hall 2.1, Booth K4) presents a selection of artists including Mamma Andersson, Melvin Edwards, Andreas Eriksson, Denzil Forrester, Tom Friedman, Wayne Gonzales, Jim Hodges, Deborah...
Basel, Hall 2.1, K4
Frieze London
Art fairs
5–8 October 2017

Frieze London

Stephen Friedman Gallery presents a solo exhibition by American sculptor Melvin Edwards. The presentation includes 'Lynch Fragments', a rare work entitled 'Pamberi' from his Rocker series, and other important sculptures. Melvin Edwards...
London, C5
Art Basel Miami Beach
Art fairs
1–4 December 2016

Art Basel Miami Beach

Stephen Friedman Gallery is delighted to participate in Art Basel Miami Beach 2016. We will be showing works by the artists below, alongside a spotlight presentation of Manuel Espinosa as part of...
Florida, E4, Hall C
Frieze New York
Art fairs
5–8 May 2016

Frieze New York

Stephen Friedman Gallery will be participating in Frieze New York 2016 from Thursday 5 until Sunday 8 May. The preview is on Wednesday 4 May. For this edition, Stephen Friedman Gallery is...
New York, B13
Art Basel Miami Beach
Art fairs
3–6 December 2015

Art Basel Miami Beach

Stephen Friedman Gallery is participating in Art Basel Miami Beach. Preview Wednesday 2 December. Exhibiting artists include: Mamma Andersson Juan Araujo Tonico Lemos Auad Stephan Balkenhol Huma Bhabha Melvin Edwards Andreas Eriksson...
Florida, E4, Hall C
Frieze Masters
Art fairs
14–18 October 2015

Frieze Masters

Melvin Edwards at Frieze Masters Stephen Friedman Gallery is showing a curated presentation of work by Melvin Edwards at Frieze Masters 2015. Comprising a barbed wire installation first conceived in 1970 and...
London, G15
SP-Arte
Art fairs
8–12 April 2015

SP-Arte

Pavilhão Ciccillo Matarazzo, Parque do Ibirapuera, Portão 3, São Paulo, Brazil Stephen Friedman Gallery is delighted to be exhibiting at SP-Arte 2015 with new work by Tonico Lemos Auad; Stephan Balkenhol; Melvin...
São Paulo, Brazil, H04

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