The sixth season of Art in the Twenty-First Century premiered last Friday, April 13th on PBS. The series, produced by Art21, features 13 exclusive documentary profiles of some of today’s most iconic artists from five continents.
Airing Friday nights at 9 p.m., season six will present four, one-hour length episodes featuring the following artists: Marina Abramović; David Altmejd; El Anatsui; assume vivid astro focus; Lynda Benglis; Rackstraw Downes; Glenn Ligon; Robert Mangold; Catherine Opie; Mary Reid Kelley; Sarah Sze; and Tabaimo.
Among the featured artists is the celebrated Chinese Artist, Ai Weiwei, whom Chinese authorities arrested last April and later released after 81 days of detention. Weiwei’s aork galvanized human rights activists in China, and is a dramatic reminder of the power that artists have to engage with prevalent social issues.The premiere episode of season six, “Change,” featured the first on-camera interview with Weiwei after his release from detention. View an portion of Weiwei’s interview below.
Art21 was founded as a non-profit art organization to provide access to contemporary art and artists to broad-based audiences by documenting the artists of our time for broadcast television and the Internet, providing companion educational materials, and teaching educators. Read more about Art21 and season six of Art in the Twenty-First Century at: http://www.art21.org/films/art-in-the-twenty-first-century-season-6-2012