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Weekly Watchlist: Artists Responding to the Now

New season premieres September 18

Introducing a landmark tenth edition of the Art in the Twenty-First Century series

Yesterday, we revealed the new season of our flagship Art in the Twenty-First Century series—a milestone tenth season. Despite the challenges encountered this year, our team was able to pull off a remarkable feat in completing each of the season’s three episodes. We are proud to share with viewers worldwide the voices and processes of these twelve artists and one collective.

“When we listen to artists, we gain insight into the state of our world,” said our executive director and chief curator, Tina Kukielski. “Artists are documentarians, activists, problem solvers, innovators, and foremost respondents to the issues of our times.”

Across three new episodes, the new season charts artmaking in London, Beijing, and regions around the United States-Mexico border.

Included in the new season are Tanya Aguiñiga, John Akomfrah, Phyllida Barlow, Guan Xiao, Anish Kapoor, Liu Xiaodong, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Christian Marclay, Richard Misrach, Postcommodity, Song Dong, Xu Bing, and Yin Xiuzhen.

The season premiere arrives in just a few weeks on Friday, September 18 at 10:00 p.m.

Tune in live on PBS (be sure to check your local listings) or stream the full segments and episodes from the PBS Video app and our very own Art21.org.

Deepen your connection to Art21

Playlist: America Now

Production still from the Art21 Extended Play film, “Julie Mehretu: Politicized Landscapes.” © Art21, Inc. 2017.

“The discomfort of being a person living and working in the United States is a place where these paintings were being made from,” said Julie Mehretu while working on a massive pair of canvases at her Harlem studio in 2017.

The artists in our “America Now” playlist respond to the dynamic nature of the United States and its parallels. Unpacking colonial histories, reinterpreting news pundits, and celebrating cultural diversity, their work helps paint a picture of a shared American experience, as told from a variety of perspectives.

Watch the full playlist.

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