Melvin Edwards is included in 'Kalunga' at Transmission, Glasgow, Scotland

24 April 2020
Melvin Edwards is included in the group exhibition Kalunga presented by Transmission, Glasgow in collaboration with Ana Beatriz Almeida. The exhibition centres on Cameroonian philosopher Achille Mbembe's analysis of necropolitics, the ways in which death and violence may be used to exert power over the living. This exhibition is supported by Glasgow International.

Melvin Edwards is Awarded United States Artists Fellowship 2020

27 January 2020
We are delighted to congratulate Melvin Edwards on receiving the coveted United States Artists Fellowship. The US Artists Fellowship 2020 has been awarded to fifty artists working across ten creative disciplines, each of whom will receive $50,000 unrestricted grant.

Conversation: Melvin Edwards with Jill Moniz at California African American Museum, California, USA

9 January 2020
Pioneering contemporary artist Melvin Edwards joins LA Blacksmith curator Jill Moniz in a discussion of the artist's work. Edwards employs metalwork and abstraction to invoke social injustice and the African-American experience, as evidenced in his work 'My Turn to Burn' - a response to the 1965 Watts Rebellion - which is currently on display at CAAM.

Melvin Edwards is included in 'Theater of Operations: The Gulf Wars 1991–2011' at MoMA PS1, New York, USA

3 November 2019
Theater of Operations at MoMA PS1 is a group exhibition that examines the legacies of American-led military engagement in Iraq. Although the 1991 Gulf War was short, the conflict marked the start of a lengthy period of military involvement and more than a decade of sanctions. The invasion in 2003 galvanized a broader international response, prompting anti-war protests around the globe. Theater of Operations explores the effects of these wars on artists based in Iraq and its diasporas, as well as responses to the war from artists in the West.

Melvin Edwards in 'Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art' at Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland, USA

29 September 2019
Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art is a group exhibition at Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland, presented in collaboration with Helis Foundation, Louisiana and Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Louisiana. The exhibition offers a new perspective on the contribution made by black artists to visual art since the 1940s.

Melvin Edwards: 'Crossroads' at Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland, USA

29 September 2019
Crossroads is a solo exhibition by Melvin Edwards at Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland. The exhibition charts Edwards' engagement with Africa and highlights the importance of the continent to the development of American art.

Melvin Edwards is included in ‘Walking Through Walls', a group exhibition at Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany,

12 September 2019
Walking Through Walls is a group exhibition that marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Featuring 28 contemporary artists, the exhibition takes the momentous events of 1989 as a starting point to consider the present. On view until 19 January 2020, the exhibition explores the "walls in the mind", the barriers that prevent us understanding each other and making progress.

Melvin Edwards in 'LA Blacksmith' at California African American Museum, California, USA

10 September 2019
LA Blacksmith is a group exhibition at California African American Museum, California, USA, curated by Jill Moniz. Black artists in Los Angeles have worked with metal for decades, exploring its historic and symbolic significance and for a wide variety of sociocultural, political, and practical considerations. LA Blacksmith highlights this rich tradition by combining historic metalsmithing with works of contemporary art.

A solo exhibition by Melvin Edwards opens at Museu da República, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

16 August 2019
Melvin Edwards is a solo exhibition by the pioneering African-American artist at Museu da República, Rio de Janeiro. Examples of Edwards' iconic steel sculpture sit alongside works in watercolour to explore the theoretical threads that underly the stylistic diversity of his practice.

Melvin Edwards is included in the touring group exhibition 'African American Art in the 20th Century' organised by Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.

19 February 2019
African American Art in the 20th Century is a group exhibition organised by Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) travelling to several cities across the United States between 2019 and 2020. The exhibition presents nearly 50 paintings and sculptures by 32 African American artists from the museum's significant collection. 

Major solo exhibition of Melvin Edwards at Museum of Art Sao Paulo, Brazil

24 August 2018
The exhibition of Melvin Edwards (b. 1937 in Houston, Texas) brings together works of his celebrated series Lynch Fragments, produced from the years 1960 to today. In these wall sculptures, the artist welds various metal objects, such as chains and tools, to deal with issues such as race, violence, work and slavery, specifically in the context of the African diaspora. This will be an important in-depth show of the artist, considered one of the leading references among active African-American artists.

Melvin Edwards in 'On Edge’ at Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut, USA

20 May 2018
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum presents On Edge (The Domestic Plane), an exhibition that brings together seven contemporary artists whose work addresses the complex terrain of the table's edge. Revealing the edge as a site where boundaries are both reinforced and tested, and where safety and danger coexist, On Edge includes newly commissioned work by Melvin Edwards, amongst others.

Melvin Edwards in 'The Long Run' at The Museum of Modern Art, New York

11 November 2017
'The Long Run' featuring a selection of Melvin Edwards 'Lynch Fragments' is currently on view at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, which chronicles the continued experimentation of artists long after their breakthrough moments.
11 November 2017 - 4 November 2018

The Long Run | MoMA


Melvin Edwards | Festivals, Funerals, and New Life at Bell Gallery, Brown University, Rhode Island

11 November 2017
New and recent work by African-American sculptor Melvin Edwards is on display at David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. The presentation reflects the artist's engagement with histories of race, labour, violence, and African Diaspora.

Melvin Edwards in 'Solidary & Solitary' at Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

30 September 2017
'Solidary & Solitary', from the Joyner/Giuffrida collection, tells the history of art by African-American artists from the 1940s to the present moment.

Melvin Edwards is included in the touring exhibition ‘Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power’ developed by Tate Modern, London

12 July 2017
Soul of a Nation shines a light on the vital contribution of black artists to an important period in American history and art. Featuring the work of 60 artists this landmark exhibition examines the influences, including the civil rights movement, Minimalism, and abstraction, on artists such as Romare Bearden, Melvin Edwards, Noah Purifoy, Martin Puryear, Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar, Alma Thomas, Charles White, and William T. Williams.

Melvin Edwards In 'Soul Of A Nation: Art In The Age Of Black Power' At Tate Modern, London

12 July 2017
Soul of a Nation includes 50 influential American artists in a landmark exhibition that shines a light on the vital contribution of Black artists to a dramatic period in American art and history. 

Melvin Edwards In 'Space Force Construction' To Commemorate V-A-C Foundation's New Venetian Headquarters

13 May 2017
V-A-C Foundation presents Space Force Construction, organised with the Art Institute of Chicago, for the launch of their new headquarters in Venice.

Melvin Edwards In 'Reconstitution' At LAXART, Los Angeles

23 April 2017
Reconstitution is a group show that is an update and recasting of the 1987 exhibition Constitution originally organised by the art collective Group Material. 

Melvin Edwards In 'Third Space/Shifting Conversations About Contemporary Art' At Birmingham Museum Of Art, Birmingham, Alabama, USA

27 January 2017
Melvin Edwards has a work from his renowned Lynch Fragment series included in ‘Third Space', the first large-scale exhibition of contemporary art from The Birmingham Museum of Art's own collection. Third Space highlights more than 100 works of art including paintings, sculpture, photography, and video. The exhibition creates connections between the American South and o...

'Melvin Edwards' At Oklahoma Contemporary, Oklahoma, USA

20 October 2016
Internationally recognised sculptor Melvin Edwards returns to Oklahoma with his first solo exhibition in the state in the last 25 year. The exhibition presents an unprecedented opportunity with more than half of the works created specially for Oklahoma Contemporary from materials the artist gathered in and around Oklahoma City.

Melvin Edwards And Jiro Takamatsu In 'Postwar: Art Between The Pacific And The Atlantic 1945-1965', Haus Der Kunst, Munich, Germany

14 October 2016
Melvin Edwards and Jiro Takamatsu have work included in ‘Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic', an exhibition that examines the vibrant and turbulent postwar period

'Melvin Edwards: Five Decades' Travels To Columbus Museum Of Art, Ohio, USA

12 February 2016
'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.

Melvin Edwards In 'A Constellation' At Studio Museum Harlem, New York, USA

12 November 2015
'A Constellation' traces connections among twenty-six artists of African descent: eight who emerged in the mid- to late twentieth century, and who are represented in the exhibition by works from the Studio Museum's permanent collection, including Melvin Edwards, and eighteen younger artists whose works are being shown at the Studio Museum for the first time. 

Melvin Edwards In 'Glenn Ligon: Encounters And Collisions' At Tate Liverpool, UK

30 June 2015
Texan-born sculptor Melvin Edwards has work included in 'Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions' at Nottingham Contemporary in the UK.

Melvin Edwards At The Venice Biennale, 56th International Art Exhibition, Venice, Italy

9 May 2015
A special presentation of works from Melvin Edwards' renowned Lynch Fragment series are on display at the 56th International Art Exhibition as part of the Venice Biennale. Titled 'All the World's Futures' and curated by Okwui Enwezor, the exhibition takes place at the Giardini, the Arsenale and in various locations across the city of Venice.

Melvin Edwards In 'Witness: Art And Civil Rights In The Sixties' At Blanton Museum Of Art, Texas

15 February 2015
Melvin Edwards features in 'Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties', a group exhibition that has travelled from Brooklyn Museum, New York to Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire and now opens at Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas, USA.

Melvin Edwards In Major Retrospective At Nasher Sculpture Center In Dallas, Texas

31 January 2015
Following on from Melvin Edwards' first UK solo exhibition at Stephen Friedman Gallery, in January 2015 the Nasher Sculpture Center will present Melvin Edwards: Five Decades, a retrospective of the renowned American sculptor Melvin Edwards.