Art21: Art in the Twenty-First Century

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  • History - Preview

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    In this episode, artists Glenn Ligon, Mary Reid Kelley and Marina Abramovic play with historical events, explore and expose commonly held assumptions about historic "truth" and create narratives based on personal experiences. 4/27/2012moreless
  • Change

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    S 6 : Ep 04.03.12 -

    How do artists respond to a world in flux? In what ways do artists act as agents of change, and what kinds of aesthetic choices do they make to express it? This episode features artists who bear witness, through their work, to transformation--cultural, material, and aesthetic--and actively engage communities as collaborators and subjects.moreless
  • Balance

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    S 6 : Ep 6 -

    The artists in this episode, Rackstraw Downes, Robert Mangold and Sarah Sze, create ordered and precise works that explore the gap between art and existence, challenge the distinction between seeing and knowing and demonstrate that the pursuit of harmony can be a radical proposition.moreless
  • Balance

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    S 6 : Ep 6 -

    This episode features artists whose works explore the distinctions between balance and imbalance, and demonstrate that the smallest change in a line, a formal element, or a structure can be a radical proposition. Featuring artists Rackstraw Downes, Robert Mangold, and Sarah Sze.moreless
  • History

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    S 6 : Ep 5 -

    In this episode, artists play with historical events, explore and expose commonly held assumptions about historic '?truth'?, and create narratives based on personal experiences. Featuring artists Glenn Ligon, Mary Reid Kelley, and Marina AbramoviÄ?.moreless
  • Boundaries

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    S 6 : Ep 2 -

    The artists in this episode, David Altmejd, Tabaimo and Lynda Benglis, synthesize disparate aesthetic traditions, present taboo subject matter, discover innovative uses of media and explore the shape-shifting potential of the human figure.moreless
  • Systems

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    S 5 : Ep 4 - 10/28/09

    What new grammars and logics do artists invent in today's supercharged, information-based society? Why do we find comfort in some systems while rebelling against others? This episode features artists who realize complex projects, whether through acts of appropriation, accumulation, or creating projects so vast in scope as to elude comprehension.moreless
  • Transformation

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    S 5 : Ep 3 - 10/21/09

    Costumes and masks, makeup and style, dolls and mannequins, stage and cinema-what strategies do we use to refashion identity? Do we seek out excess and extremes in order to see ourselves more clearly? Whether observing and satirizing society or reinventing icons of literature, art history, and popular culture, these artists inhabit the characters they create and capture the sensibilities of our age.moreless
  • Fantasy

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    S 5 : Ep 2 - 10/14/09

    How might our desires and taboos shape our ability to imagine? What role does technology play in wish fulfillment? This episode presents artists whose works defy convention and transport us to unreal worlds and altered states of consciousness. With works at times hallucinatory, irreverent, and sublime, each of these artists pursues a vision first held in the mind's eye.moreless
  • Compassion

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    S 5 : Ep 1 - 10/7/09

    Might a work of art move us to temper our more destructive impulses? In what ways do artists' feelings of empathy contribute to works that tackle problematic subjects and address the human condition? This episode features artists whose works explore conscience and the possibility of understanding and reconciling past and present, while exposing injustice and expressing tolerance for others.moreless
  • Paradox

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    S 4 : Ep 4 - 11/18/07

    Contemporary artists address contradiction, ambiguity and truth.
  • Ecology

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    S 4 : Ep 3 - 11/11/07

    Artists explore how our understanding of the natural world becomes deeply cultural.
  • Protest

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    S 4 : Ep 2 - 11/4/07

    Artists engage politics, inequality and the many conflicts that besiege the world today.
  • Romance

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    S 4 : Ep 1 - 10/28/07

    Artists explore the roles that intuition, emotion, fantasy and escapism play in contemporary art.
  • Play

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    S 3 : Ep 4 - 10/7/05

    Spontaneous and joyful, subversive or amusing, play can take many forms in daily life as well as in contemporary art.
  • Structures

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    S 3 : Ep 3 - 9/30/05

    Artists explore how we organize life and the ways in which we capture knowledge and attempt greater understanding.
  • Memory

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    S 3 : Ep 2 - 9/23/05

    Artists explore how memory functions and how to frame the past in their work.
  • Power

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    S 3 : Ep 1 - 9/16/05

    From politics to mass media, the theme of power pervades daily life and is reflected in the ideas and concerns of contemporary artists.
  • Humor

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    S 2 : Ep 4 - 10/1/09

    Artists use irony, goofiness, satire and sarcasm in their work, being funny and critical at the same time.
  • Time

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    S 2 : Ep 3 - 9/23/03

    Artists evoke and transform time in their work, relating to art of the ancient past, to nature and to the rhythms of the life.
  • Loss & Desire

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    S 2 : Ep 2 - 9/17/03

    Artists express longing, love and human experience in contemporary work.
  • Stories

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    S 2 : Ep 1 - 9/9/03

    Artists tell stories in their work, reveal narrative traditions, and record and describe the world around us.
  • Consumption

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    S 1 : Ep 4 - 2/7/02

    Artists address the idea of consumption by questioning commonly held assumptions about commerce, mass media and consumer society.
  • Identity

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    S 1 : Ep 3 - 1/31/02

    Artists address the idea of identity by questioning commonly held assumptions about stereotypes, self-awareness, portaiture, and what it means to be an artist.
  • Spirituality

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    S 1 : Ep 2 - 1/24/02

    Artists address the idea of spirituality by questioning commonly held assumptions about faith, belief, meditation, and religious symbols.
  • Place

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    S 1 : Ep 1 - 1/17/02

    Artists explore the idea of place by questioning commonly held assumptions about land, home and national identity.
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