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Study Up for ‘Think’: Meet The Creators Of 'Art:21'

PBS debuts its seventh season of Art:21 on KERA next month.  The show features twentieth century contemporary artists from the United States, Europe, and Latin America and takes viewers to their studios and installations. At 1 p.m. on Think, host Krys Boyd will talk to Susan Sollins, Art21’s executive producer and curator, before she's at Texas Theatre tonight. First, get acquainted with this season's artists.

This season will be focusing on four main topics:  Investigation, Secrets, Legacy, and Fiction.  Each of these topics is explored in separate episodes each of which looks at the art of four different contemporary artists.  Get familiar with the featured artists:

Tania Bruguera, a Cuban performance and installation artist who spends her time between Havana and Chicago

Abraham Cruzvillegas, a conceptual artist from Mexico who is most well known for his work with found objects

Leonardo Drew, an artist based in New York who works with new materials that he purposefully ruins

Omer Fast, a contemporary filmmaker and video artist

Thomas Hirschhorn, a trained graphic designer who now creates installation art

Elliott Hundley, a painter who creates collages using images, photographs, and various objects, such as string, and plastic

Katharina Grosse, a painter who creates large, spray-painted sculptural environments

Graciela Iturbide, a photographer who has focused her work on exploring her own Mexican culture through landscapes and self-portraits

Joan Jonas, a performance and video artist who works with many different mediums, such as video, drawing, painting, sculpture, and installation

Wolfgang Laib, a sculptor who works with natural materials, such as pollen and rice

Trevor Paglen, a geographer and photographer who makes the invisible visible and dissects government secrecy

Arlene Shechet, a sculptor who works to push the boundaries on traditional art

Click through the slideshow above to see some of these artists’ work, and watch the videos in the playlist below to see previews of the artists that are highlighted in Art:21.

The season premieres on October 24 on KERA TV at 9 p.m. 

Listen to Think Monday through Thursday at noon and 9 p.m. on KERA 90.1. You can also listen live.