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La vie en rose. Brueghel, Monet, Twombly

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From Andy Warhol to Kara Walker. Scenes from the Collection

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Cy Twombly at Museum Brandhorst

Melvin Edwards

South African Poetry

  • Year1986
  • MaterialStahl, geschweißt
  • Dimensions26 x 23.5 x 16.5 cm
  • On viewCurrently not exhibited
  • Copyright© Melvin Edwards. Courtesy of the artist, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, and Alexander Gray Associates, New York. Photo: Mark Blower

More about the artwork

With their unfinished surfaces, rough welds, and sharply protruding forms, Melvin Edwards’s sculptures convey an almost physical impression of raw violence. In 1963, the American steel sculptor began his “Lynch Fragments,” a group of works to which the exhibited pieces belong. Created in direct response to the civil rights movement, the title refers to the gruesome lynchings of Black people in the United States since the end of slavery. In what was then still a highly segregated country, the “Lynch Fragments” gave expression to the danger Black people faced—and often still face today. According to Edwards, sculptural work allows him to address race and politics in an abstract way. He welds the artworks from materials such as tools, chains, railway spikes, and even scrap metal. There is no mistaking the formal references to slaves in chain gangs, which reduced Black people to their sheer physical labor.

Further artworks

Cy Twombly , Lepanto XI, 2001, UAB 479aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Lepanto XI, 2001 yes Upper floor
Installation aus mehreren schmalen Regalbrettern mit Flaschen und Stofftieren
Pope.L Party Room, 2001 yes Ground floor
Cy Twombly, Untitled (Roses), 2008, UAB 644aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (Roses), 2008 yes Upper floor
Malerei mit dunklen Ästen, im Hintergrund scheint gelbliches Licht.
Alex Katz Moonlight, 1997 yes Ground floor
Cy Twombly, Untitled (Roses), 2008, UAB 646aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (Roses), 2008 yes Upper floor