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Melvin Edwards, Steel Life (Spring Again), 2017, welded steel, 19 1/2 x 13 x 7 3/4", @alexandergrayassociates, NY through May 20. #melvinedwards #alexandergray #nyshows #closingsoon

Preview | Frieze New York | Main Section

@alexandergrayassociates will present a selection of work by Melvin Edwards (b.1937), spanning his five decade career, including large-scale sculpture, works on paper, and examples from the artist’s renowned series “Lynch Fragments.” Coinciding with the artist’s critically acclaimed retrospective, organized by the @NasherSculptureCenter in Dallas and currently on view at the @columbusmuseum, and on the heels of Edwards’ participation in the 2015 56th @la_biennale_di_venezia, the works on view present an intimate portrait of the artist as a committed sculptor, deeply engaged with formal concerns and socio-political narrative.
Pivotal within Edwards’ practice, the “Lynch Fragments” are wall sculptures that incorporate complex forms rendered from welding steel objects. He began the series in 1963, a year of widespread racial and political violence in the United States. The “Lynch Fragments” often incorporate geometric bases to establish a consistent foundation for different forms welding steel forms. Edwards typically incorporates chains, hammers, nails, padlocks, scissors, spikes, and wrenches, as evidenced in Freedom Fighter (1992 - pictured) and A Symptom of (1999). These wall reliefs present abstract forms using materials that retain referentiality. The dimensions and placement of the works are crucial to their effect, evoking the human head and the attendant complexities and nuances of identity, both personal and political.
Frieze New York returns to Randall's Island Park next week (May 5 - 8). Purchase your tickets now at frieze.com (link in bio). #friezeweek #friezeNY #melvinedwards

Metallskulpturen des afroamerikanischen Künstlers #melvinedwards in der #galeriebuchholz
#galleryweekendberlin #lynchfragments

#GallerySelfieDay Melvin Edwards in front of his work "Dancing in Nigeria" (1974-78). #MelvinEdwards #Sculpture #ContemporaryArt #Architecture @the_adaa

"It’s not often that the two speak together, so this talk offers a rare chance to see them in conversation." - @artnewsmag on tonight's first salon with @dreadscottart and #MelvinEdwards. Join us at 6:30 by tuning in on Facebook as we broadcast the event LIVE! If you would like to attend in person, a few tickets are available (purchase via the link in our bio or at the door). #nationalacademician #nationalacademymuseum #artnyc

Melvin Edwards, "Lines in the Mind of," 2016 @alexandergrayassociates #melvinedwards

Melvin Edwards, Iraq, 2003; Daiga Grantina, V in BB, 2016; Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, Servanta of the Dry Facade, Delft Blue, 2016 #melvinedwards #daigagrantina #matthewlutzkinoy

"The music from the areas I have lived in - most of the recordings were on 78 records, which were 3 minutes long. You can't record a concerto in that time, but you can get a 3-minute #CharlieParker masterpiece in that time. So, a lot of people became very creative in that time frame, and the key for me is working on a small scale because I can come up with a lot of ideas working on that scale." - artist #MelvinEdwards discussing his smaller sculptures on view @alexandergrayassociates. #ADAAGalleries #ADAASpringSeason


Today is the last day to see “Melvin Edwards: In Oklahoma” at Alexander Gray Associates, New York. Included in the exhibition is “ARK-LA-TEX OK” (2016). The work consists of four individually-made Lynch Fragments, exhibited in a corner of the Gallery, connected to each other by barbed wire, representing a mode of experimentation within his signature metal-welding practice. The material contrast creates what the artist describes as distinction between “the mass and the linear.” Edwards activates the architecture around the work through his use of a material that he has frequently referred to as a tool for “drawing in space.” The title refers to the bordering states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma, all key gathering points for African American communities following the Great Migration (1910 – 1970). Edwards has personal connections to the region; he was born in Houston, TX, his grandmother was born in Minden, LA, his late wife, Jayne Cortez’s family had lived in Arkansas, and Edwards made ARK-LA-TEX OK during his 2016 residency in Oklahoma City.
#MelvinEdwards #ContemporaryArt #Sculpture #Architecture #Art

the #MelvinEdwards show @alexandergrayassociates is SO GOOD GO SEE NOW // closes tomorrow May 20

The 1st blog post on MaterialGirlArt.com is live! Click on the link in profile to read about #MelvinEdwards' work in steel & his current exhibition @alexandergrayassociates, which closes tomorrow! #MaterialGirlArt #MetalWork #Sculpture #Welding #AbstractArt #ContemporaryArt #Metalart #wallrelief #blacksmith

Nervous & excited that my 1st @materialgirlart post is now live! Spotlight on #MelvinEdwards' welded works @alexandergrayassociates. Link in profile. Feedback welcome. Do see the show before it closes Saturday if you can!

Melvin Edwards, Steel Life (Spring Again), 2017, welded steel, 19 1/2 x 13 x 7 3/4", @alexandergrayassociates, NY through May 20. #melvinedwards #alexandergray #nyshows #closingsoon

#MelvinEdwards left to right: Off, 2016; Chain Breaker, 2016; and Steel Life (After Winter), 2017 @alexandergrayassociates

could anything be more perfect? (no.) you have three more days to see #melvinedwards' beautiful show at @alexandergrayassociates. make haste! | 'two is one' (2016)

#GallerySelfieDay Melvin Edwards in front of his work "Dancing in Nigeria" (1974-78). #MelvinEdwards #Sculpture #ContemporaryArt #Architecture @the_adaa

Lynching fragment. #melvinedwards

Melvin Edwards, "MMOZ," 2005, welded steel. ("Lynch Fragments") #melvinedwards #galeriedanielbuchholz

#Repost @nicolecasamento (@get_repost)
Thankful for work days like this & that @daniellejulart was able to join me today! Repost from @the_adaa: We spent the past two days visiting #ADAAGalleries in Chelsea from 19th - 22nd streets (with a detour to 26th to see artist #MelvinEdwards speak about his new work @alexandergrayassociates). Check out @the_adaa on Twitter to see all of the exhibitions we covered. We will be in Chelsea next week covering shows on 24th & 25th streets. #nicsthanks2017

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