London. Final Days | Melvin Edwards | Kendell Geers | Until Thursday 5 March

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Stephen Friedman Gallery. Melvin Edwards. Until Thursday 5 March 2020

African-American artist Melvin Edwards is celebrated for his distinctive sculptures and installations created from welded steel, barbed wire, chain and machine parts. Comprising new and historic works, this exhibition focuses on Edwards’ use of industrial materials and their symbolic associations to explore themes of race, protest and social injustice. Spanning five decades of the artist’s career, the show is Edwards’ second at the gallery and follows his recent solo exhibitions at Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland; Museu da República, Rio de Janeiro and MASP, São Paulo.

The exhibition is accompanied by a booklet with a commissioned essay by Eric Booker, Assistant Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Please click here to download the essay.

Kendell Geers. Love, By Any Means Necessary . Until Thursday 5 March 2020

‘Love, By Any Means Necessary’ is a solo exhibition of new works by South African artist and curator Kendell Geers, who lives and works in Brussels. The title of the exhibition derives from the protest movements of the 1960s and is inspired by a statement by Malcolm X about the use of violence in political liberation. Describing himself as an ‘AniMystikAKtivist’, Geers weaves together diverse Afro-European traditions and a complex socio-political activism laced with humour and irony.

The exhibition is accompanied by a booklet with a commissioned essay by Nadia Yala Kisukidi, Philosopher and Curator of Yango II Biennale, Kinshasa 2020. Please click here to download the essay.

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