"Art making is a form of alchemy, in a way, because you are trying…to make gold from nothing. When it works very well is when you manage to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary."
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? The "Art in the Twenty-First Century" documentary “Compassion” explores these questions in the work of the artists William Kentridge, Doris Salcedo, and Carrie Mae Weems.
Major underwriting for "Art in the Twenty-First Century" Season Five provided by: National Endowment for the Arts; Public Broadcasting Service; Agnes Gund; Bloomberg; The Nathan Cummings Foundation; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; The Broad Art Foundation; Korea Foundation; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.