Melvin Edwards: Lynch Fragments

Edited by:

Adriano Pedrosa; Rodrigo Moura

Texts by:

Hamid Irbouh, Rebecca Wolff, Renata Bittencourt e Rodrigo Moura

Capa dura, 18,5x25,5cm, 250p, inglês, MASP, 2018


ISBN 978-85-310-0051-5

<em>Melvin Edwards: Lynch Fragments</em> brings together a significant selection of works from the homonymous series by the American sculptor Melvin Edwards, created between 1963 and 2016, comprising more than fifty years of what is considered the artist’s central body of work. Edwards started to produce the <em>Fragments</em> series when he lived in Los Angeles, at a crucial time of the civil rights movement in the United States. The works directly reference the heinous practice of lynching after the abolition of slavery in that country. Denouncing the violence against African Americans, Edwards created his sculptures as forms between bodies and machines that can also be interpreted as weapons, given the sense of violence and danger suggested by their blunt, angular, and protruding shapes. The selection of works of this book reflects the multiplicity of thematic interests and also the different variations of the works.