At the dawn of the 21st century, American artists are taking self-expression and the artistic process into uncharted territory. Today’s artists are engaging the world and their audiences in vital and surprising new ways. They use an enormous variety of media and draw on sources ranging from pop culture and politics to ethnic heritage, classical models, and deeply personal life experiences. The artists featured in the series represent a cross-section of contemporary art practices and philosophies, and hail from different regions of the United State. Season 1 of “Art in the Twenty First Century” introduces 21 artists to a nationwide audience.
Contemporary art breaks out of the confines of museums and art galleries in Season 2 – Art in the Twenty-First Century. Shattering the myth of the artist as an isolated genius, this unique series introduces television audiences to 16 artists working in America today. “Art in the Twenty-First Century” is the only series on television to focus exclusively on contemporary art, and it uses the medium to provide an experience of the visual arts that goes far beyond a gallery visit. Fascinating and intimate footage allows the viewer to observe the artists at work, watch their process as they transform inspiration into art, and hear their thoughts as they grapple with the physical and visual challenges of achieving their artistic visions.