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Maquette for "Confirmation" (for Joseph P. Addabbo Federal Building, Jamaica, New York)

1986 Melvin Edwards Born: Houston, Texas 1937 stainless steel 13 x 19 7/8 x 9 1/2 in. (33.0 x 50.4 x 24.2 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the General Services Administration, Art-in-Architecture Program 1994.84.4 Not currently on view

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"We must make works that use our lives and feelings as their basis for existence. The work can either take the form of giving and using ideas, subjects, and symbols for radical change, or the works can be of such large physical scale, and in the right places, as to make real change." The artist, quoted in "Notes on Black Art" in Melvin Edwards: Sculptor, 1978

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This stainless steel maquette (model) is for the larger sculpture installed outside the Joseph P. Addabbo Federal Building in Queens, New York. A public sculpture commissioned in 1989 under the Art in Architecture program of the General Services Administration, Confirmation celebrates the creativity and accomplishments of black artists. The sculpture consists of a large stainless steel circle, arch, and bent parallelogram welded together. The finished work plays off the architecture of the Addabbo building: the circular plane mirrors the rounded columns, while the arched plane, which calls to mind a gateway, is aligned with the building's entrance.


Abstract - geometric

Cityscape - New York - Jamaica

Study - sculpture model

sculpture - maquette

metal - steel

About Melvin Edwards

Born: Houston, Texas 1937

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