1980 – now

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Although there are no figures in Suchitra Mattai's massive tapestry called Exodus, the presence of the South Asian diaspora is manifest through the almost 200 globally sourced saris.

Suchitra Mattai, Exodus

Assemblage, a practice of art production that combines disparate everyday objects and materials to create new meanings and forms, rose to popularity among American artists following World War II.


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Mel Chin describes the origins and motivations behind the nationwide art project Paydirt in a keynote address to the 2008 National Art Education Association Convention, and visits multiple sites in New Orleans adversely affected by both Hurricane Katrina and lead contamination in the soil.

Mel Chin, Paydirt

To behold a painting or sculpture by the Korean artist and philosopher Lee Ufan is to feel suspended in a single breath longer than seems biologically possible.

Lee Ufan

In his New York City studio, Takashi Murakami discusses his three-decades-long practice in which he blends traditional and modern art techniques to create enormous paintings with a visual power unmatched in contemporary art.

Takashi Murakami

Using industrial materials such as plaster, concrete, resin, rubber and metal to cast everyday objects and architectural space, Rachel Whiteread evocative sculptures range from the intimate to the monumental.

Who is Rachel Whiteread?

In her Bogotá studio, artist Doris Salcedo discusses the stereotypes she faces as a citizen of a Third World country and how she embraces these first-hand experiences of discrimination to inform her art.

Doris Salcedo: Third World Identity

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Sally Mann’s iconic series “Immediate Family” features intimate black-and-white photographs of the artist's children, who eat, sleep, and play in an idyllic Southern landscape.

Sally Mann, Blowing Bubbles