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At the dawn of the 21st century, American artists are taking self-expression and the artistic process into uncharted territory. Today's artists are engaging the world and their audiences in vital and... continue reading
Contemporary art breaks out of the confines of museums and art galleries in Season 2 of “Art in the Twenty-First Century.” Shattering the myth of the artist as an isolated genius, this unique series introduces... continue reading
What goes on inside the minds of today’s most dynamic visual artists? How do they make the leap between insight and finished object? What inspires artists to break through the barriers of convention to arrive... continue reading
Visually captivating and intriguing, contemporary art is admired and appreciated by many in museums and galleries. Yet few are given access to the creative processes behind the work—the inspirations and ideas... continue reading
Timely and timeless, global and local, beautiful and provocative, contemporary art challenges us to look at our world in new ways. Contemporary artists grapple with the complex issues of our time, ask tough... continue reading
"Art in the Twenty-First Century" Season Six includes 13 profiles of artists from five continents gathered into four, one-hour thematic episodes: Change, Balance, History and Boundaries. Spanning the... continue reading
ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 7 premieres October 24, 2014 on PBS (check local listings). Providing unique access to some of the most compelling artists of our time, ART21 Art in the Twenty-... continue reading
Season 8 of ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century provides unparalleled access to the most innovative artists of our time, revealing how artists engage the culture around them and how art allows viewers to see... continue reading
Artist to Artist is an online film series featuring contemporary artists in conversation with their peers. In these short-format documentaries they discuss the inspirations and passions that drive their... continue reading
A blend of newly-shot original filming and previously unreleased archival footage, videos from the Web-only "Exclusive" series focus on singular aspects of an artist's process, significant individual works and... continue reading
"New York Close Up" is Art21's documentary film series devoted to artists in the first decade of their professional career, living and working in New York City. This innovative project provides an intimate... continue reading
"William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible" gives viewers an intimate look into the mind and creative process of William Kentridge, the South African artist whose acclaimed charcoal drawings, animations, video... continue reading