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Art In The Twenty-First Century: Boundaries

Airs Friday, May 18, 2012 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: assume vivid astro focus. "assume vivid astro focus," 2003. Mixed media installation; dimensions variable. Indatllation at Deitch Projects, New York.

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.

Artist David Altmejd creating art, as featured in Art In The Twenty-First Century.
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Above: Artist David Altmejd creating art, as featured in Art In The Twenty-First Century.

"Boundaries" - Who and what limits our freedom of expression? In what ways do cultural differences affect our understanding of art and other forms of communication? How do an artist’s process and choice of medium affect our perception of his or her work?

This episode features artists David Altmejd, the collective assume vivid astro focus (avaf), Tabaimo and Lynda Benglis, who synthesize disparate aesthetic traditions, present taboo subject matter, discover innovative uses of media, and explore the shape-shifting potential of the human figure.

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Art In The Twenty-First Century: Boundaries

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Above: This episode features artists David Altmejd, the collective assume vivid astro focus (avaf), Tabaimo and Lynda Benglis, who synthesize disparate aesthetic traditions, present taboo subject matter, discover innovative uses of media, and explore the shape-shifting potential of the human figure.

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Art In The Twenty-First Century Season Six Trailer

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Watch Trailer: Season 6, Art in the Twenty-First Century on PBS. See more from ART:21.

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.

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