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La vie en rose. Brueghel, Monet, Twombly


Nicole Eisenman. What Happened

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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

Malerei, die den Oberkörper eines Mannes mit runder Nase zeigt, der in seiner großen Hand ein Handy vor sein Gesicht hält. Im Display spiegelt sich sein Auge.
Nicole Eisenman Selfie, 2014 Basement floor
Werkabbildung Cy Twombly, Bacchanalia - Fall (5 Days in November), 1977 im Museum Brandhorst in München Teil der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Bacchanalia – Fall (5 Days in November), 1977 Upper floor
Cy Twombly , Lepanto III, 2001, UAB 471aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Lepanto III, 2001 Upper floor
Malerei mit dunkelgrünem Farbgrund. In der unteren Hälfte ist links der Kopf einer Frau mit grauer Mütze und grauem Schal zu erkennen, die sich an einen Mann lehnt.
Alex Katz Couple, 1996 Ground floor
Malerei, auf der Schwimmbahnen zu sehen sind, in denen mehrere Menschen schwimmen, die nur mit Badehaube und Schwimmbrille bekleidet sind.
Nicole Eisenman Swimmers in the Lap Lane, 1995 Basement floor