Explore the Era

Delve into the postwar Los Angeles art world in this online archive, which provides additional material related to the exhibitions on view at the Getty Center. Learn about hipsters and happenings, and the venues across the city where all the action took place through images from the archives and first-hand accounts with the artists.

From the Archive

Melvin Edwards, 1965

Melvin Edwards in January 1965. Image courtesy of Melvin Edwards

Historic Map Locations

Works of Art

  • Sonday

    Sonday, 1964, Melvin Edwards. Welded steel. 12 1/2 x 7 x 7 1/2 in. Collection of and © Melvin Edwards. Photo by Kristopher McKay

  • Inside and Out

    Inside and Out, 1964, Melvin Edwards. Welded steel. 12 x 8 3/4 x 5 3/4 in. Collection of Susan and David Lawrence. © Melvin Edwards

  • Afrophoenix

    Afrophoenix 1, 1963, Melvin Edwards. Welded steel. 12 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 4 in. The Art Institute of Chicago, restricted gift of Stanley M. Freehling, 1997.411. © Melvin Edwards. Photography © The Art Institute of Chicago

Explore the Archive

  • Video: Melvin Edwards

    Video: Melvin Edwards speaks about his work, July 2010