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Born 0000-00-00


Solo exhibitions

1993	“A Thirty Year Retrospective” Neuberger Museum of Art
			 State University of New York at Purchase
	“Lynch Fragments” CDS Gallery New York
1992	Cedar Rapids Museum of Art Cedar Rapids Iowa
	“The Lynch Fragment Series” Eugene Johnson Gallery of Art 
				Bethel College St. Paul Minnesota
1991 “Lynch Fragments: Selected Small Sculptures” Hammonds House Galleries and 
	Resource Center of African-American Art Atlanta Georgia
	Oklahoma City Art Museum on the Fairgrounds, Oklahoma
	Tomasulo Gallery Union County College Cranford New Jersey
1990	Franklin and Marshall College Lancaster Pennsylvania
	“Fragments of a Decade 1980-1990” Montclair State College Art Gallery 
		Montclair New Jersey
	De Luce Gallery Northwest Missouri State University Maryville Missouri
	CDS Gallery New York
1989	Korn Gallery Madison College Madison New Jersey
	“Memories Forming the Future” Colgate University Hamilton New York
	Extension Gallery Johnson Atelier Mercerville New York
1986	Atrium Gallery University of Connecticut at Storrs
1985	“Drawings, Monoprints and Maquettes” Jersey City Museum 
		Jersey City New Jersey
	Atrium Gallery University of Connecticut at Storrs
	“Mel Edwards: Lynch Fragment Series” Robeson Center Gallery 
		Rutgers University New Brunswick New Jersey
1984	“The Sculpture of Melvin Edwards” UNESCO Paris France
1983	“Mel Edwards: Drawings for Soutern Sunrise” 
		Winston-Salem State University North Carolina
1982	“The Sculpture of Melvin Edwards” Sculpture Center Gallery New York
1981	“Sculpture by Mel Edwards” New Jersey State Museum Trenton New Jersey
1980	Melvin Edwards: Recent Sculpture, Fragments and Larger Works” 
						55 Mercer New York
	“Sculpture by Mel Edwards” Lusaka Zambia
	“Sculpture by Mel Edwards” American Culture Center Nairobi Kenya
1979	Johnson Atelier Mercerville New Jersey
1978	Studio Museum in Harlem New York
1974	“Lines” carpenter Gallery Darmouth College Hanover New Hampshire

1970	Whitney Museum of American Art New York

Selected Museum and Corporate Collections

Birmingham Museum of Art Birmingham Alabama
The Bronx Museum of the Arts New York
The Brooklyn Museum New York
Center for the Arts Vero Beach Florida
The Center Gallery of Bucknell University Lewisburg Pennsylvania
Chase Manhattan Bank New York
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art Cornell University Ithaca New York
James E Lewis Museum of Art Morgan State University Baltimore Marland
Long Beach Museum of Art Calfornia
Los Angeles County Museum of Art California
The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York
The Montclair Art Museum New Jersey
Museo de Artes Visualez Alejandro Otero Caracas Venezuela
The Museum of Modern Art New York
New Jersey State Museum Trenton
Neuberger Museum of Art SUNY Purchase
The Newark Museum New Jersey
Peat, Marwick and Mitchell Montvale New Jersey
The Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture New York
The Studio Museum in Harlem New York
The Wadsworth Atheneum Hartford Connecticut
Winston-Salem State University North Carolina

Selected Group Exhibitions

1988	Sculpture: Inside, Outside” Walker Art Center Minneapolis Minnesota
	“Affinities: Idioms/Aesthetics/Intents” Jamaica Art Center New York
	“Traces of History: Art of Afro-America” Robeson Gallery 
		Rutgers University New Brunswick New Jersey

1986	“Black Visions” City Hall New York
	“Liberty and Justice” Alternative Museum New York
	Socrates Sculpture Park Inaugural Exhibition Long Island City New York
	“Irons in the Fire” Memorial Arch at Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn New York
	“Contemporary Sculpture Selection” The Studio Museum in Harlem New York

1987	“Making the Mainstream” SVC Fine Art Gallery 
		University of South Florida Galleries Tampa
	“Outside In” New York Cultural Center New York
	“The Law & Order Show” Gladstone Gallery New York
	“The Afro-American Artist in the Age of Cultural Pluralism” 
		The Montclair Art Museum Montclair New Jersey
	“Public Art” The Museum of African American Art Los Angeles
	Old Westbury College Gallery Westbury Long Island New York
1985	“Traditions and Conflict: Images of a Turbulent Decade 1963-1973” 
		The Studio Museum in Harlem New York
1984 “Since the Harlem Renaissance” The Center Gallery of Bucknell University 
				Lewsiburg Pennsylvania
	“Art: For and Against” Thorpe Intermedia Gallery Sparkill New York
	“Celebration: Eight Afro-American Artists Selected by Romare Bearden” 
		Louis Abrons Arts for Living Center Henry Street Settlement New York
	“Contra-Apartheid” UNESCO Paris France
	“East-West: Contemporary American Art” California Afro-American Museum 
				Exposition Park Los Angeles
	“Artists in Celebration of Black History Month” Trenton State College ArtGallery 
				New Jersey
	“Sculpture” Gallery of Murphy Fine Art Center 
		Morgan State University Baltimore Maryland
	“Stick and Stones: Modern and Post Modern Sculpture” 
			Kenkeleba House New York
	“Sculpture from Rutgers” Robeson Center Gallery Rutgers University 
			New Brunswick New Jersey
	“New Jersey Arts Inclusion Program 1978-84” Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art 
				Museum Rutgers University New Brunswick New Jersey
	Amelie A. Wallace Gallery State University of New York at Westbury
1983	“Art in Public” Chicago Sculptural Society Illinois
	“Celebrating Contemporary American Black Artists” 
		Fine Arts Museum of Long Island Hempstead New York
	“4 Sculptors” Sid Deutsch Gallery New York
	“Young Talent Awards 1963-83” Los Angeles County Museum of Art California
	“5 Sculptors” The Bronx Museum of the Arts New York
	“The War Show” University Art Gallery 
		State University of New York at Stony Brook
	“Var for New York” Futura Gallery Stockholm Sweden
1982	“Mayor ByrnesÕ Mile of Sculpture” Navy Pier Chicago Illinois
	“The 4 Directions” Gallery of the American Indian Community House New York
	“Ritual and Myth: A Survey of African American Art” 
		The Studio Museum in Harlem New York
	“Works on Paper” Woodson Regional Library Chicago Illinois
	“Black Artists: Recent Attitudes II” California State University Fresno
	“Visual Politics” Alternative Museum New York
1981	“Outdoor Sculpture at the Aquarium” Niagara Falls New York
	Cinque Galery New York
“Focus Southern Africa: Details of the Struggle”
Countee Culen Library NewYork
1980	YW-YMHA Green Lane Union New Jersey
	“Sculpture Today:Traditional and Non-Traditional” The Art Gallery 
		University of Maryland College Park
	“Afro-American Abstraction” P.S. 1 Long Island City New York
1979	The Bronx Museum of the Arts New York
1977	“Drawn and Matched” The Museum of Modern Art New York
	“Environmental Sculture” Robert Moses Plaza 
		Fordham University at Lincoln Center
	Henry O Tanner Gallery New York
	“The Concept as Art” Just Above Midtown Gallery New York
	Florida International University
	“Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture: FESTAC Ō77” 
		Lato-Kadona Nigeria
	Fisher Gallery University of Southern California Los Angeles
1976	“76 Jefferson” The Museum of Modern Art New York
	“Resonance: Williams/Edwards/Gilliam” 
		Morgan State University Baltimore Maryland
1975	“Sculpture Invitational” Gallery Ariadne New York
1974	“Extensions: Edwards, Gilliam, Williams” 
		Wadsworth Atheneum Hartford Connecticut
1973	Anot Art Museum Elmira New York
	“Sculture Three: New York Artists on Tour” World Trade Center New York
1972	“Edwards, Gilliam, Williams” Wabash Transit Gallery 
		The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Illinois
“New York Artists at Storm King” Storm King Art Center
Mountainville New York
1971	“Artist as Advocate” The Museum of Modern Art New York
	The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art Ridgefield Connecticut
	The William Benton Museum of Art Ridgefield Connecticut
1970	Museum of Art University of Connecticut at Storrs
	Whitney Museum of American Art Annual
	“Dimensions of Black Art” La Jolla Museum of Art Calfornia
	Rental Gallery The Museum of Modern Art New York

Public Works

Homage to My Father and the Spirit 1969
Herbert F. Johnson Museum Cornell University Ithaca New York

Harlem Double Circles 1970
Bethune Towers 144th Street and Lenox Avenue New York City

Homage To Billie Holiday and the Young Ones of Soweto 1976-77
Morgan State University Baltimore Maryland

Out of the Struggles of the Past to a Brilliant Future 1982
Mount Vernon Plaza Columbus Ohio

Southern Sunrise 1983
Winston-Salem State University North Carolina

Holder of the Light 1985
Lafayette Gardens Jersey City New Jersey

Safe Journey 1992
Motor Vehicle Inspection Station Eatontown New Jersey

Passage 1991
Kingsborough Community College Brooklyn New York

TomorrowÕs Wind 1989-91
Thomas Jefferson Park East Harlem New York

Confirmation 1989
U.S. Social Security Building Federal Plaza Jamaica New York

Education Is an Open Book 1988
Rutgers University Livingston College Student Center New Brunswick New Jersey

Bibliography

Alloway, Lawrence “Art” The Nation 230 (April 12 1980) : 441-42 
	[Review of P.S. 1 exhibiton]

Bass, Ruth “Melvin Edwards” ARTnews 89 (September 1990): 190 
	Illustrates Sekuro Knows

Bernard, Audrey J. “AudreyÕs Whirl . . . :Bronze and Steel” Afro Times (1989) 
	[Review of Bronze and Steel exhibition at Pyramid Gallery January 1989]

Bohlier, Michelle “Mel Edwards: Not Your Typical Steel Worker” 
	Oklahoma Accent Magazine 3 (February 1991) :cover 7,11,21

Bowling, Frank “Black Art: Talking About Books” Two Rivers 
	London: Two Rivers 1970

Bowling, Frank “ItÕs Not Enough to Say Black Is Beautiful” ARTnews (April 1971): 55 
	Illustrates Pyramind Up and Pyramid Down

Bowling, Frank “Discussion on Black Art II” Arts Magazine (May 1969): 20-23 
	Illustrates Untitled 1968

Bowling, Frank “Black Art III” Arts Magazine (December 1969): 20-22
	Illustrates My Turn to Burn 1965 [Review of X to the 4th exhibition]

Brenson, Michael “Expressionists Who Point Up Each OtherÕs Strengths” 
	The New York Times July 21 1985

Brenson, Michael “Sculpture, Private and Public” 
	The New York Times December 23 1988 [Review of Affinities: 
	Idioms/Esthetics/Intents and commentary on Confirmation, installation at Social 	
	Security Building Queens New York]

Brenson, Michael “Going Beyond Slickness: Sculptors Get Back to Basics” 
	The New York Times March 3 1989

Brenson, Michael “Black Artists: A Place in the Sun” 
	The New York Times March 12 1989 section 2, 1

Brenson “Melvin Edwards” The New York Times 
	March 30 1990 C28 [Review of CDS Gallery exhibition]

Brenson, Michael “Taking on the World from 125th Street” 
	The New York Times September 23 1990

Brenson, Michael “Painted Froms: Recent Metal Sculpture” 
	The New York Times January 4 1991 c20

Brenson, Michael “Mel Edwards” The New York Times March 8 1991 C30 
	[Review of TomorrowÕs Wind installation in Central Park]

Brenson, Michael “Art in Review: Lee Tribe” 
	The New York Times June 28 1991 C21

Brenson, Michael “Mel Edwards” The New York Times July 26 1991 C28 
	[Review of installtion of Passage at Kingsborough Community College Brooklyn]

Breson, Michael “Natural Gallery: A Cityful of Sculpture, Under the Sky” 
	The New York Times July 26 1991 C1 
	[Review of Socrates Sculpture Park exhibition]

Cacioppo, Nancy “From Waste to Art” Rockland Journal News October 4 1991 C1 
	Rockland County New York [Review of Discarded at Rockland Center for the Arts]

Cedarholm, Theresa Dickason Afro-American Artists: A Bio-Bibliographical Directory 
	Boston: Boston Public Library 1973

Chadwick, Susan “Shadow Dancing at CAM” The Houston Post October 20 1991 J10

Cortez, Jayne “Extensions” Continuities: Journal from the Black Studies 
        Department of the City College of New York 1974 pp 51-53 	
        [Review of Extensions at Wadsworth Atheneum Hartford]

Cortez, Jayne “Three Poems: Lynch Fragment I”;”It Came”;”OgunÕs Friend” 
     Sulfur: A Literary Bi-Annual of the Whole Art Ypsilanti: Eastern Michigan 
     University 1992

Cotter, Holland “Black Artists: Three Shows” Art in America 78 (March 1990) 
164-71 [Includes reference to EdwardsÕ work in Traditions and Transformations 
[exhibition at The Bronx Museum of the Arts. Illustrates Freedom Weapon]

Dufresne, Bethe “Gifted Visions: Lyman Allyn Show Celebrates Works by 
       African Americans” The Day New London Connecticut February 2 1992

Edgerton, A.C. and M. Tuchman “Modern and Contemporary Art Council Young 
     Talent Awards 1963-1983” Bulletin of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art 
     27 (1983) Illustrates Fourth Circle and Luxor Variation

Fine, Elsa Honig  The Afro-American Art, A Search for Identity New York: Holt, 
     Rinehart and Winston Inc. 1973 (revised 1982 New York: Hacker Art Books)

Fox, Catherine “Form, Materials Unite New History Exhibition” The Atlanta 
    Journal and Constitution August 10 1990 E2

Fryer-Kohles, Jeanne “Mel Edwards Poetics” Dialogue: The Ohio Arts Journal 
    5.5 (May/June 1983) [Review of Out of the Struggles of the Past to a Brilliant 
    Future 1982 installation at Mt. Vernon Plaza Columbus Ohio]

Guevera, Roberto “Plastica: Arte y consistencia” Nacional (July 23 1991) 
    [Review of Espiritu & Matiera exhibition Caracas Venezuela]

Hughes, Robert “Going Back to Africa . . . as Visitors” Time 115 (March 31 
    1980) page 72 [Review of P.S. 1 exhibition Illustrates Homage to the Poet Leon 
    Contran Damas]

Igoe, Lynn with James Igoe 250Years of Afro-American Art: An Annotated 
    Bibliography New York: Bowker 1981

James, Curtia “New History” ARTnews 89 (October 1990) page 203

Johnson, Ken “Melvin Edwards” Art in America 78 (September 1990) page
 136 Illustrates Mangwana

Kingsley, April “Art: Melvin Edwards: Steelyard Blues, A Black Sculptor Wins 
       Recognition” Encore: American & Worldwide News (November 1981) pp 42-43

Kingsley, April “Overcoming the Double Whammy” The Village Voice (June 25 
        1979) page 99

Knight, Christopher “Exhibiting a Real Identity Crisis: Introspectives Focuses on 
     U.S., Brazilian Slavery Roots” Los Angeles Herald Examiner Sunday April 16 
    1989 E2

Lewis, Samella Art: African American New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
           Inc. 1978”Los Custro Jinetes det Arte Estadouniclense” El Diario de 
           Caracas May 20 1991

McNally, Owen “Myths, Masks, Monsters” The Hartford Courant November 1 1991 B1,
            B3 [Review of Spiritual Cargo: Shamanistic Manifestations]

“Mel Edwards” The New York Times July 26 1991 C28 [Review of installation of 
      Passage at Kingsborough Community College manhattan Beach Brooklyn New York]
       Mellow, James R. “The Black Artist, The Black Community, The White Art World”
       The New York Times June 29 1969 section 2, 23

Mercer, Valerie J.
     “SculptrÕs Horizons Have No Limits” the New York Times June 3 1990 section 8, 12
      “Mt. Vernon Plaza Sculpture by Melvin Edwards Dedicated” The Call and Post 
      Columbus Ohio November 8 1982 page 9A
       “Object: Diversity” Time (April 6 1970) page 80

Crowley, Peggy “Putting Together Fragments” News Tribune May 7 1989 PP E1 and E2 
      [Review of Traditions and Transformations at The Bronx Museum of the Arts]

Odendahl, Nora “Heavy Metal: New Jersey Sculptors Melvin Edwards and Robert Cooke 
      Bring Life to Steel and Bronze” New Jersey Good Life October 1989

Oren, Michael “The Smokehouse Painters: 1968-70” African American Review 
       (formerly Black American Literature Forum) 24:3 (Fall 1990) pp 509-31

“Public Art Fund: Making a Place for Sculpture in the City” The Journal of Art (June, 
        July, Augugst 1991) page 12

Raynor, Vivien “Sculpture, Drawings and Paintings Too” The New York Times (New 
       Jersey Section) July 14 1985 page 21

Raynor, Vivien “Traces of History: Art of Afro-America at Robeson Gallery” The New 
       York Times (New Jersey Section) February 14 1988 page 32

Raynor, Vivien “Comparing the Black Artist in the United States and Brazil” The New 
        York Times March 11 1990 WC36 [Review of Introspectives at The Bronx Museum 
         of the Arts]

Raynor, Vivien “Assemblages Offer Views of the Spiritual” The New York Times 
         November 22 1992 CN24

Robins, Corinne “Art and Politics” The Pluralist Era: American Art, 1968-1981 New 
          York: Harper and Row 1984

Spencer, Harold The Image Maker: Man and His Art New York: Charles Scribner & 
           Sons 1975

Wadsworth, Susan “The Artist as Magic Seer” The Chronicle Willimantic Connecticut 
           November 1 1991 page 11

Walker, Roslyn A Resource Guide to the Visual Arts of Afro-Americans South Bend 
           Indiana 1971

Wallach, Amei “Art with a Wallop” Newsday April 10 1989 Nassau and Suffolk edition 
           II, 4 City edition 8

Wilson, Judith “Melvin Edwards at 55 Mercer” Art in America 68 (October 1980) page 
           136

Woods, Joe “Mel Edwards” The Village Voice March 27 1990 page 103 
	[Review of CDS Gallery exhibition]

Zimmer, William “A Keeper of the Heroic Flame” 
	The New York Times March 11 1990 D16

Zimmer, William “Dreams and Legacies of the Harlem Renaissance” 
	The New York Times November 3 1991 


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