Sculptor Melvin Edwards might be eighty years old, but he’s still fabricating abstract steel sculptural works. His retrospective at Brown’s Bell Gallery showcases nearly a half century of work, welded steel and barbed wire pieces that resemble torture implements. One references Cape Verdean freedom fighter Amílcar Cabral, who was assassinated in 1973, while the title Corner For Ana refers to the artist’s own daughter. That 1970 work was shown in Edwards’ 1970 show at the Whitney, the first solo exhibit there by an African-American sculptor. The newest piece in the show was fabricated locally at the Steel Yard.
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Melvin Edwards: Festivals, Funerals, and New Life
January 11 2018