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Leading Black Artists Featured At Corcoran Gallery

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Works by leading black artists in the contemporary art realm are going on view at Washington’s Corcoran Gallery of Art to tackle issues of racial, sexual and historical identity.

The exhibit, “30 Americans,” opens Saturday and will be on view through February. It features such artists as Jean-Michel Basquait, Hank Willis Thomas, Kehinde Wiley and others. The 76 works come from Miami-based collectors Don and Mera Rubell.

Museum Director Fred Bollerer says the show marks an effort to undertake more daring exhibitions that examine serious issues and provoke debate.

Some images from Thomas are particularly striking. They include photographs of athletes playing basketball through a noose, instead of a hoop, and familiar logos branded on their skin. New works by Thomas and photographs by Gordon Parks accompany the main show.

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