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Art in the Twenty-First Century is a PBS program that first aired in 2001. The television series is also referred to by the title Art: 21. Art in the Twenty-First Century has aired eight seasons. It also has a sister program entitled Art in the Twentieth Century. Each episode of the eight seasons of Art in the Twenty-First Century explored a different theme art. The first season involves such themes as place, identity, spirituality, and consumption. Each episode is hosted by a new artist, and then has a number of interviews with different artists. Each artist attempts to offer a different view of the topic.

Art in the Twenty-First Century has won a huge number of awards over the years, including the George Foster Peabody Award, Silver Hugo from the 44th Hugo Television Awards, Gold Remi from the 41st WorldFest Independent Film Festival, and the Platinum Best in Show from the Aurora Awards.

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6 Seasons, 26 Episodes
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Art in the Twenty-First Century Full Episode Guide

  • From PBS - Can acts of engagement and exploration be works of art in themselves? Leonardo Drew, Thomas Hirschhorn and Graciela Iturbide use their practices as tools for personal and intellectual discovery, simultaneously documenting and producing new realities in the process.

  • 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.

  • Featuring artists Glenn Ligon, Mary Reid Kelley, and Marina Abramović.

  • A closer look at the works of sculptor David Altmejd, Japanese animation artist Tabaimo and avante-garde sculptor Lynda Benglis, which explore the shape-shifting potential of the human figure through taboo subjects and the innovative use of media.

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