Melvin Edwards, ‘Untitled (For Giza)’, 1991, Print, Lithograph, The Brodsky Center at PAFA
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Melvin Edwards

Untitled (For Giza), 1991

Lithograph
30 × 22 in
76.2 × 55.9 cm
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Philadelphia
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Melvin Edwards
American, b. 1937
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A pioneering sculptor fusing political engagement with abstraction, Melvin Edwards draws inspiration from his African heritage, while referencing modernist steel sculpture. He welds industrial found objects, such as hammer heads, scissors, locks, chains, and railroad splices, into new, dense forms that allude to the brutality of the African American experience. His best known series “Lynch Fragment” is an ongoing project on which he has worked, variously, in response to racial violence (1963-67); as a form of activism against the Vietnam War (1973-74); and as a reconceived means of recognizing admirable individuals and exploring a personal fascination with African culture (1978-). The sculptures, measuring approximately 12-18 inches, typically hang at eye level in an unbroken line across the gallery walls, provoking thoughts and associations of violence, humor, and hope.

Melvin Edwards, ‘Untitled (For Giza)’, 1991, Print, Lithograph, The Brodsky Center at PAFA
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About the work
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Melvin Edwards
American, b. 1937
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A pioneering sculptor fusing political engagement with abstraction, Melvin Edwards draws inspiration from his African heritage, while referencing modernist steel sculpture. He welds industrial found objects, such as hammer heads, scissors, locks, chains, and railroad splices, into new, dense forms that allude to the brutality of the African American experience. His best known series “Lynch Fragment” is an ongoing project on which he has worked, variously, in response to racial violence (1963-67); as a form of activism against the Vietnam War (1973-74); and as a reconceived means of recognizing admirable individuals and exploring a personal fascination with African culture (1978-). The sculptures, measuring approximately 12-18 inches, typically hang at eye level in an unbroken line across the gallery walls, provoking thoughts and associations of violence, humor, and hope.

Melvin Edwards

Untitled (For Giza), 1991

Lithograph
30 × 22 in
76.2 × 55.9 cm
Sold
Location
Philadelphia
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