"Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties"

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Philip Guston, City Limits, 1969
Philip Guston (American, born Canada, 1913–1980). City Limits, 1969. Oil on canvas, 77 x 103 1/4 in. (195.6 x 262.2 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Gift of Musa Guston, 1991. © The Estate of Philip Guston
This survey of more than 100 works in painting, sculpture and photography highlights the response of artists—both African-American and white—to what was arguably the greatest upheaval in American history since the Civil War. The show includes 66 contributors in all, among them Richard Avedon, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence and Norman Rockwell—a selection that demonstrates the wide cross-section of artists reacting to the struggle for civil rights.


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