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© 2015 MELVIN EDWARDS / ARTIST ’ S RIGHTS SOCIETY ( ARS ), NEW YORK . COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND ALEXANDER GRAY ASSOCIATES , NEW YORK ;
PHOTOGRAPH BY KEVIN TODORA AT THE NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER DALLAS , TX
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Epilogue A few months later on 29 January 2015 . I am blessed to be in Dallas for the opening of the retrospective Melvin Edwards : Five Decades presented by the Nasher Sculpture Center and curated by Catherine Craft ( 31 January 2015 – 10 May 2015 ). The exhibition features hanging artworks from his Lynch Fragment and Disk series , mid-size and large-scale sculptures including the recreation of the barber wired installations displayed at the Whitney Museum in 1970 , maquettes reflecting his long career as a public sculptor , rarely seen drawings , and a selection of his sketchbooks . The exhibition comes with a richly illustrated scholarly catalogue .

Besides discovering and re-discovering Edwards ’ artwork , it was stirring to see the original “ Homage to Coco .” Made in 1970 , it was the first in the kinetic series , Rockers . Edwards was inspired for this medium-size piece by the geometry of his grandmother Cora ’ s oak Mission rocking chair , which he would go on to explore in several sculptures and paper works . Edwards also used the chain for the first time in this piece . Depending on the wind , the clinking of chains accompanies the chair ’ s rocking , transforming “ Homage to Coco ” into an aural piece . For the retrospective , it has been restored to its original shiny carmine red and displayed outside on the terrace in the company of sculptures by major artists like Joan Miró , Alexander Calder , Richard Serra , and Mark di Suvero .
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