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date: 07 December 2019

Edwards, Melvinlocked

(b Houston, TX, May 4, 1937).
  • Mary M. Tinti

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(b Houston, TX, May 4, 1937).

African American sculptor. Edwards is best known for his welded steel Lynch Fragment series (ongoing from 1963–7, 1973–4, and 1978–present). His career as an artist began at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, where he originally enrolled to become a painter but by 1960 had switched his course of study to sculpture. In 1965, Edwards completed his BFA and began using his new medium to explore aspects of African American history, culture, and oppression. Edwards found inspiration for his sculptural pieces in a number of different places: in the violent, courageous, and symbolic American stories from slavery through to the Civil Rights Movement, in the vocal styling of Billie Holiday, in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, and in the visual cultures of such nations as Brazil, China, Cuba, Ghana, Nigeria, Morocco, Senegal and Zimbabwe (a country to which he traveled on a Fulbright fellowship in 1988–9...

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