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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.

Art in the Twenty-First Century is a series that is currently running and has 10 seasons (40 episodes). The series first aired on September 21, 2001.

Art in the Twenty-First Century is available for streaming on the website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Art in the Twenty-First Century on demand atAmazon Prime, Amazon, Google Play, PBS online.

10 Seasons, 40 Episodes
September 21, 2001
Documentary & Biography
Cast: Charles Atlas, Brienne Arrington, Erika Fortner, Larry Little
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Art in the Twenty-First Century Full Episode Guide

  • Witness the maturing of this unique contemporary-art hub and meet the artists who call it home. Beijing's recent economic boom makes it fertile ground for art, and artists have responded to its relentless evolution with urgency and ambition.

  • Buoyed by London's history of artistic excellence, four artists draw inspiration from decades of British art while contending with the repercussions of colonialism and xenophobia during a time of massive political upheaval in the country. Featuring artists John Akomfrah, Phyllida Barlow, Anish Kapoor and Christian Marclay.

  • Expressing their experience of the world, Katy Grannan, Lynn Hershman Leeson and Stephanie Syjuco work across photography, installation, and new media, and the Creative Growth Art Center spotlights artists with disabilities.

  • Artists Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg; Olafur Eliasson; Hiwa K; and Susan Philipsz demonstrate the diversity of practice and sensibilities in Berlin, expose its history of war and migration, and convey hopes to foster a better tomorrow.

  • Artists David Goldblatt, Nicholas Hlobo, Zanele Muholi, and Robin Rhode use their work in photography, painting, sculpture, and performance to empower marginalized communities, reexamine history, and pursue their visions for the future.