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Art: 21 - Art in the 21st Century: Seasons One & Two (2011)

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  • Actors: VARIOUS
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: December 13, 2005
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000TPAQA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,495 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Art:21--Art in the Twenty-First Century Season II" profiles a broad range of emerging and established artists working in the United States today--men and women of varied cultural, religious, and geographic backgrounds--who reflect the diversity of the students in our classrooms, the people in our communities, and the circles of our friends and families. Among the artists featured in this series are painters, photographers, sculptors, and performance and video artists who use a wide variety of media and materials, tools and processes, to create their work. Each one-hour program has been loosely structured around a broad category or theme: Stories, Loss & Desire, Humor and Time.

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This release contains the first and second season of PBS' acclaimed documentary, which takes a look into the future at how art will be changing people's lives in the 21st Century. Artists of many fields and levels of establishment are caught in the act of creation and discuss their work, what it means, and what the they are striving for. Hosted by a variety of celebrities, this special look at the state of art at the dawn of a new century focuses on all things artistic.

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70 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary Art for Anybody January 22, 2002
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Format:VHS Tape
As a new century dawns the international public is confronted by an ever more complex artistic culture. Never content to cover old ground, today's artists are experimenting with increasingly diverse media, engaging a wider variety of issues and flooding their work with more ambiguity then ever before. We exit museums, galleries and public spaces questioning the nature of the new and unfamiliar objects we encounter, daunted by the challenge of understanding how they relate to the society in which we live.
Art in the Twenty-First Century brings us closer to the understanding we're looking for. The series shows us today's top artists (e.g. Richard Serra, Matthew Barney and others) discussing their own work, giving us the opportunity to begin to comprehend their art as the outcome of their personal experiences and interaction with the world at large. We witness the artists in their studios, on site, AS WELL AS in their homes and with their families, leading lives not disimilar from our own - extracting fodder for their artistic visions from everyday observations and occurences.
Set in four epsiodes, the series groups the artists loosely according to themes (i.e. Place, Spirituality, Identity and Consumption). In such a way, we are offered a point of departure for considering a given artist's priorities and concerns, as well as a method for realizing relationships which may exist between two or more artists working in vastly different styles.
After watching Art in the Twenty-First Century you will feel equipped to embrace the ambiguity of contemporary art, to assess the integrity and thoughtfulness of work you may not even like, and to appreciate the wide array of perspectives and processes by which today's artists dissect and reassemble the modern world.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My students like this documentary. That's HUGE! November 16, 2009
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I teach high school art (and science) to students are "at-risk" for a lot of bad things, not the least of which is never graduating from high school.

For two years now, my students--most of who have never been to an art museum or thought too much about art--have responded positively to a number of the artists and their stories portrayed here. It's an eye-opener for many of them, all the different ways people can be good at art.

I'll continue to show this DVD, and those from other seasons, to my students.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Great review of Contemporary Art, Artists, and Art-making strategies.
I will return to these videos for inspiration over and over again.
Great information for art students and art courses.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A high quality survey of contemporary American visual art November 24, 2009
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Offers great insight into the artistic process. A solid selection of American contemporary visual artists. Very high producton quality.
A balm for the soul of the artist seeking the like-minded. Very useful as an educational tool for high schools and post secondary institutions.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Orientation to the Artist's Vocation January 12, 2011
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Art it turns out is not all that complicated and not all that hard to understand if we just find the right way to approach it. ART 21 allows us to approach art just as an artist does: as a way of establishing a rapport and ongoing dialogue with the world. Each episode features four artists & each artist invites us into their artistic space & shares with us not only the evolution of individual works & shows in progress, but also a petit autobiography (including intimate details about why they began creating & continue to create) that gives us an ideal point of entry into their personalities, motivations, & thought processes. Most of the artists here were born in the 60's & do not present themselves as seers or sages (as early and mid 20th cent artists often did) but simply as normal humans who happen to think visually. That's refreshing.

The strength of the series is its lack of pretension and the way that it allows the artists to speak directly to us, and many of the artists are extremely articulate & fascinating to listen to (I was especially impressed with Ann Hamilton). This series avoids (mod, postmod & other) theory & instead foregrounds the artist as a developer of specific skills & strategies. It also foregrounds the artist as an often private creature involved in crafting a highly personal vision, albeit one that is ultimatley meaningless unless shared. The viewer therefore feels invited into the artist's space and vision and feels very welcome there. ART 21 is therefore a very pleasing introduction/orientation into the world of art. After watching a couple seasons worth of ART 21, viewers will likely feel that artists are people just like themselves but with one slight difference: they are obsessively devoted to their work.
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33 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too Pretentious And Too Myopic To Give A Clear View August 28, 2007
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The artists that are interviewed in these videos give a very myopic view of what modern artists are doing these days and what is on their minds. The focus is entirely on art stars who basically run in the same circles of galleries and therefore have a very similar sense of aesthetics regardless of medium, with very few exceptions.

There are times that a few of the artists included say some interesting things but often times enough, it's hard to see what they are saying has to do with the actual art that they are showing. Richard Sierra (1st season) and Elizabeth Murray(2nd season) are the high points of this series as I see it. They both give honest looks into their thought processes as artists, and without the pretensions of self-importance that most of the artists portray.

It's unfortunate that the producers couldn't find at least a few artists off the beaten path who are doing interesting things that aren't so main-stream for the art world. Perhaps that's too high-minded, but I think it would have made for a way more fascinating view into what is really happening in art in the 21 century!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good overview of art
The Production is well done with great insights into artists' thinking. Definitely for more mature, open-minded viewers--high school kids have a hard time appreciating the artwork,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kat Day
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent
It is an enjoyable series to watch with lovely commentary and insights by the artists themselves.Well worth a look if you're interested in contemporary American Artists and all... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Cathy Drew
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 for the price of one
Many great artists on this DVD. Wish all of them were comprised of two seasons. (4 more words required for this review...really...)
Published 13 months ago by Lisa Kastello
1.0 out of 5 stars Case Studies in Narcicissism Personality Disorder
If you are interested in Narcicissistic personalities, go for this. Some artists are genuine and credible, others the product of this personality disorder. Read more
Published on August 20, 2012 by R.C. Driver
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, expensive
I had to buy this for school and what I've watched so far is incredibly boring. Also, my boyfriend told me it's on Netflix for a lot cheaper.
Published on September 2, 2010 by Molly Weisenburger
4.0 out of 5 stars Great PBS Series....
I thoroughly enjoy watching this PBS series.

The series shows a wide array of artists working in different mediums.
Published on September 8, 2009 by You Have Been Here Sometime Blog
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
It has a lot of artists and shows their work. I would certainly buy the other volumes.
Published on May 16, 2009 by Maria Perez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product
This is a great DVD for those interested in learning about comtemporary artists and how they make their art. Great for Art teachers also.
Published on November 10, 2008 by C. Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars love It!
I love watching Art 21 while I make my jewelry. It gives me lots of inspiration and keeps me up to date with the art world.
Published on March 4, 2008 by Jessica Capps
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