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New Season of “Art in the Twenty-First Century,” Diana Al-Hadid’s First Public Art Project & More

Robin Rhode’s team of “art soldiers” at work in Johannesburg, South Africa. Production still from the Art21 television series Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 9. © Art21, Inc. 2018.

New episodes of Art in the Twenty-First Century are coming to PBS. Art21 announced this week that their celebrated television series will present its ninth season in September. Featuring twelve innovators and one nonprofit center in three cities across three continents, the season continues its focus on artists’ relationships with the places they live and work.

In Berlin, Art21 explores a city that has become synonymous with experimentation and cross-cultural dialogues. Featuring Swedish artists Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, Danish artist Olafur Eliasson, Iraqi-Kurdish artist Hiwa K, and Scottish Susan Philpsz, the episode celebrates Berlin as a mixing pot of international influences and a place in which artists from all over the world come to work and be inspired.

Traveling to the sub-Sahara, Art21 will also take viewers to Johannesburg, South Africa to explore a city that has emerged as the artistic capital of the continent. With the history of apartheid still deeply felt, artists David Goldblatt, Nicholas Hlobo, Zanele Muholi, and Robin Rhode use their work to empower marginalized communities, and examine historical memory.

“Art doesn’t stop where the real world starts.”

Finally, the San Francisco Bay Area episode will take a closer look at the city’s history of innovation and continued avenues of experimentation through the work of Katy Grannan, Lynn Hershman Leeson, and Stephanie Syjuco. For the first time, Art21 will also feature a nonprofit art space: Creative Growth Art Center. The celebrated incubator was founded in 1974 and provides studios, gallery space, and supplies to more than 150 artists with developmental, mental, and physical disabilities.

Always putting the artist’s voice front and center, the new season guarantees an intimate look into the lives of artists changing the way we see and experience the world today. As Olafur Eliasson states in the trailer, “What we are interested in is to examine the organization of the world. Art doesn’t stop where the real world starts.”

Season 9 of Art in the Twenty-First Century premieres September 21, 2018 on PBS.

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