Melvin Edwards

Gallery Openings—15 Sep 2023, 6 to 9 PM


Published 1 NOV 2023

For this exhibition, Melvin Edwards has conceived new site-specific installations made from barbed wire (B wire, as the artist calls it). Edwards began to use barbed wire for his sculptural installations in the late 1960s. In 1970, he showed four of these works in an exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the first solo exhibition by an African-American sculptor at this institution. At Galerie Buchholz, Melvin Edwards brings his new installations and sculptures into dialogue with works on paper from the early 1970s.

Melvin Edwards at Galerie Buchholz

Melvin Edwards, Untitled, ca. 1974, Watercolor and ink on paper, 58.5 x 89 cm, Courtesy Galerie Buchholz

Melvin Edwards lives and works in New York. Currently on view at Dia:Beacon is an extensive exhibition focused exclusively on Melvin Edwards’s works with barbed wire.