Melvin Edwards Five Decades

February 12, 2016 – May 8, 2016

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.


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