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Takawira - J
Melvin Edwards’s weighty sculptures combine nails, tools, gears, and other metal objects to create abstract compositions. This work belongs to his extensive Lynch Fragment series, begun in the 1960s and inspired by Ralph Ginzburg’s 100 Years of Lynching (1962), a collection of newspaper reports of lynchings published to commemorate the centennial of the Civil War. The Lynch Fragment sculptures evoke this history of violence through their jarring juxtaposition of forms and rough welding. Takawira–J, a later work from the series, was made while Edwards was teaching in Zimbabwe and was named for John Takawira, a sculptor he met there.
- Artist: Melvin Edwards, American, born 1937
- Medium: Welded steel
- Dates: 1989
- Dimensions: 14 x 10 x 9 in. (show scale)
- Collections:Contemporary Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Everyday Life/A Nation Divided, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 1990.104
- Credit Line: Gift of Edward A. Bragaline, by exchange
- Rights Statement: © artist or artist's estate
- Caption: Melvin Edwards (American, born 1937). Takawira - J, 1989. Welded steel, 14 x 10 x 9 in. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Edward A. Bragaline, by exchange, 1990.104. © artist or artist's estate
- Record Completeness: Best (82%)