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.
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.
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.
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"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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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.