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From Hostility to Humor

by Charlie Schultz
        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 big way when his solo exhibition at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art was exceptionally well received. That was 1965... [more]
Posted by Charlie Schultz on 9/12/10