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Melvin Edwards

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"Blues for Smoke": Ambiguity and Duality, Arpeggios and Be-bop Changes   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Jean-Michel Basquiat, Romare Bearden, Roy DeCarava, Jeff Donaldson, Melvin Edwards, Renee Green, David Hammons, Martin Kippenbenger, Zoe Leonard, Glenn Ligon, Mark Morrisroe, William Pope.L, Lorna Simpson, Bob Thompson, Wu Tsang, Carrie Mae Weems, Jack Whitten, Martin Wong at Whitney Museum of American Art February 7th, 2013 - April 28th, 2013
Posted 4/1/13
“The blues self is an improvised self. It doesn’t shy away from the difficulty that that entails. When you improvise yourself in culture, you may get some blowback.”[1] Halfway through the exhibition, a nondescript listening station for John “Jaki” Byard’s 1960 release Blues for Smoke hangs on the wall facing Glenn Ligon’s oil and acrylic text-based reflections and Zoe Leonard’s vintage blue suitcases. When you wander through the exhibition, don’t forget to look for it—you might miss it.... [more]
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Other Visions   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Sister Karen Boccalero, Marie J. Calloway, George Clack, Dan Concholar, Houston Conwill, Alonzo Davis, Dale Brockman Davis, Sheila de Bretteville, Mark Disuvero, Melvin Edwards, Fred Eversley, Charles Gaines, David Hammons, Maren Hassinger, Suzanne Jackson, Virginia Jaramillo, Ulysses Jenkins, Daniel LaRue Johnson, Samella Lewis, Ron Miyashiro, Senga Nengudi, John Outterbridge, Joe Overstreet, William Pajaud, Noah Purifoy, John Riddle, Betye Saar, Raymond Saunders, Elizabeth L. Taylor, Ruth Waddy, Gordon Wagner, Charles White, Tyrus Wong, Andrew Zermeno at Hammer Museum October 2nd, 2011 - January 8th, 2012
Posted 11/28/11
This worthwhile, though problematic, exhibition begins simply but evocatively, in a small antechamber, with a juxtaposition of two works that manages to suggest a number of the historical and aesthetic trajectories that will unfold in the rooms to come. The first of these is a 1964 drawing by Charles White, who came to prominence as a WPA muralist before accepting a teaching position at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. The piece, entitled , was created in response to a 1963 KKK assault... [more]
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From Hostility to Humor   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Melvin Edwards at Alexander Gray Associates September 8th, 2010 - October 16th, 2010
Posted 9/12/10
        Melvin Edwards makes unsettling sculptures for unpleasant realities. From America’s legacy of lynching to our drawn-out war in Iraq, Edwards is an unflinching artistic responder. He’s also kind of funny from time to time, entirely resourceful, and deeply connected to his African roots. Edwards’s solo exhibition at Alexander Gray Associates spans a forty-six year period—essentially a condensed retrospective—of the sculptor’s laudable career. Trained in LA, Edwards hit the scene in a... [more]
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