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Art In The Twenty-First Century: Balance

ART IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY includes 13 profiles of artists from five continents gathered into four, one-hour thematic episodes: "Change," "Balance," "History" and "Boundaries." 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.

Robert Mangold's "Four Color Frame Painting #4," 1984. Acrylic and black pencil on canvas; 10 x 7 feet. Collection the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Purchase: acquired through the generosity of the William T. Kemper Foundation---Commerce Bank, Trustee, 2001.14.A-D.

Robert Mangold's "Four Color Frame Painting #4," 1984. Acrylic and black pencil on canvas; 10 x 7 feet. Collection the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Purchase: acquired through the generosity of the William T. Kemper Foundation---Commerce Bank, Trustee, 2001.14.A-D.

Credit: Courtesy of The Pace Gallery, New York © 2012 Robert Mangold, member Artist Rights Society (ARS)

Robert Mangold's "Split Ring Image 1," 2009. Acrylic, graphite and black pencil on canvas; 96 inches diameter. Private collection. Photo: G.R. Christmas.

Robert Mangold's "Split Ring Image 1," 2009. Acrylic, graphite and black pencil on canvas; 96 inches diameter. Private collection. Photo: G.R. Christmas.

Credit: Courtesy of The Pace Gallery, New York © 2012 Robert Mangold, member Artist Rights Society (ARS)

Robert Mangold. Production still from the ART IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY, Season Six episode, "Balance," 2012.

Robert Mangold. Production still from the ART IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY, Season Six episode, "Balance," 2012.

Credit: Courtesy of © Art 21, Inc. 2012

Sarah Sze's "360 (Portable Planetarium)," 2010. Mixed media, wood, paper, string, jeans, rocks; 162 x 136 x 185 inches. Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York. Collection National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo: Tom Powel.

Sarah Sze's "360 (Portable Planetarium)," 2010. Mixed media, wood, paper, string, jeans, rocks; 162 x 136 x 185 inches. Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York. Collection National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo: Tom Powel.

Credit: Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York. © Sarah Sze

Sarah Sze's "Still Life with Landscape (Model for a Habitat)," 2011. Stainless steel and wood; overall dimensions 9 x 22 x 21 feet. Commissioned by The High Line, 2011.

Sarah Sze's "Still Life with Landscape (Model for a Habitat)," 2011. Stainless steel and wood; overall dimensions 9 x 22 x 21 feet. Commissioned by The High Line, 2011.

Credit: Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York. © Sarah Sze

Sarah Sze. Production still from the ART IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY, Season Six episode, "Balance," 2012.

Sarah Sze. Production still from the ART IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY, Season Six episode, "Balance," 2012.

Credit: Courtesy of © Art 21, Inc. 2012

Rackstraw Downes' "Demolition and Excavation on the Site of the Equitable Life Assurance Society's New Tower at 7th Avenue and 52nd Street," 1983. Oil on canvas; 32 x 36 inches. Collection AXA Equitable, New York. Photo: Zindman/Fremont.

Rackstraw Downes' "Demolition and Excavation on the Site of the Equitable Life Assurance Society's New Tower at 7th Avenue and 52nd Street," 1983. Oil on canvas; 32 x 36 inches. Collection AXA Equitable, New York. Photo: Zindman/Fremont.

Credit: Courtesy of Betty Cuningham Gallery. © Rackstraw Downes

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

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

Credit: Courtesy of © Art 21, Inc. 2012

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