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Art In The Twenty-First Century: Balance

Airs Friday, June 1, 2012 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Rackstraw Downes. Production still from the ART IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY, Season Six episode, "Balance," 2012.

Season six of ART IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY includes 13 profiles of artists from five continents gathered into four, one-hour thematic episodes: "Change" (May 11), "Boundaries" (May 18), "History" (May 25) and "Balance" (June 1).

Spanning the globe from Nigeria to New York City, from Beijing to Brazil, the programs reveal the artists at work and speaking in their own words as they demonstrate the power of art to alter perception, challenge convention, and change how we see the world around us.

"Balance" - In what ways can art convey equilibrium or disequilibrium? What is reality? How do artists perceive and express it? 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.

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Art In The Twenty-First Century: Balance

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Above: 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.

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Art In The Twenty-First Century Season Six Trailer

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Above: Through in-depth profiles and interviews, the series reveals the inspiration, vision and techniques behind the creative works of some of the most accomplished contemporary artists.