Melvin Edwards: Five Decades
Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX
January 31 – May 10, 2015
Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
September 1, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
February 12 – May 8, 2016
Melvin Edwards retrospective exhibition Melvin Edwards: Five Decades, curated by Catherine Craft and organized by the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX. The presentation at the Zimmerli is coordinated by Donna Gustafson, Curator of American Art and Mellon Director of Academic Programs.
The exhibition, the first survey of Edwards' work since 1993, presents a range of his achievements including the Lynch Fragments, seminal large scale sculptures from the 1960s, as well as groundbreaking installations made with barbed-wire dating from the 1960s and 1970s. The exhibition features the recreation of Edwards' landmark 1970 barbed-wire installation at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Melvin Edwards: Five Decades will provide a new focus on the role of place in Edwards' art, encompassing his upbringing in Texas and Ohio, his artistic emergence in Los Angeles in the early 1960s, the artist's experiences in New York, and his frequent trips to Africa.
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated scholarly catalog with essays by curator Catherine Craft, and art historians Alex Potts and Tobias Wofford.