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Art In The Twenty-First Century: Change

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," "Balance," "History" and "Boundaries." This episode features artists Ai Weiwei, El Anatsui and Catherine Opie, who bear witness, through their work, to transformation—cultural, material, and aesthetic—and actively engage communities as collaborators and subjects.

El Anatsui's "Peak Project," 1999. Tin, copper, and wire; Installation dimensions variable, each sheet apprxcimately 24 x 48 inches. Installation view, Artist's studio, Nsukka, Nigeria. Collection of the artist.

El Anatsui's "Peak Project," 1999. Tin, copper, and wire; Installation dimensions variable, each sheet apprxcimately 24 x 48 inches. Installation view, Artist's studio, Nsukka, Nigeria. Collection of the artist.

Credit: Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.© El Anatsui. Photo by Martin Barlow

Catherine Opie's "Justin Bond," 1993. From the series "Portraits." C-print, 20 x 16 inches. Edition of 8, 2 AP.

Catherine Opie's "Justin Bond," 1993. From the series "Portraits." C-print, 20 x 16 inches. Edition of 8, 2 AP.

Credit: Courtesy of Regen Projects, Los Angeles. © Catherine Opie

Ai Weiwei's "Sunflower Seeds," 2010. Porcelain,paint, 100 million sunflower seeds; dimensions variable. "The Unilever Series," Tate Modern, London.

Ai Weiwei's "Sunflower Seeds," 2010. Porcelain,paint, 100 million sunflower seeds; dimensions variable. "The Unilever Series," Tate Modern, London.

Credit: Courtesy of Tate Modern. © Ai Weiwei

El Anatsui. "River Crossing," 2007. Aluminum and copper wire; 103 x 141 inches.

El Anatsui. "River Crossing," 2007. Aluminum and copper wire; 103 x 141 inches.

Credit: Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.© El Anatsui

Catherine Opie's "Untitled #5 (Inauguration Portrait)," 2009. From the series "Inauguration." C-print; 16 x 24 inches. Edition of 5, 2 AP.

Catherine Opie's "Untitled #5 (Inauguration Portrait)," 2009. From the series "Inauguration." C-print; 16 x 24 inches. Edition of 5, 2 AP.

Credit: Courtesy of Regen Projects, Los Angeles © Catherine Opie

Artist El Anatsui (right) as featured in the episode "Change," from the series ART IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY. The program reveals 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 El Anatsui (right) as featured in the episode "Change," from the series ART IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY. The program reveals 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.

Credit: Courtesy of Art21, Inc. 2012