Can art temper our most destructive impulses? What role does empathy play in contemporary art? Art21 documentary Compassion navigates our emotional and ethical connection with art through the works of artists Doris SalcedoCarrie Mae Weems and William Kentridge.

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When our culture is so tied to what we buy and how consumption comes to create our sense of self; when everything is seemingly permitted from sex to art, how does art itself respond? Consumption explores artists’ response to the pervasiveness of consumerism through the work of Barbara Kruger, Michael Ray Charles, Matthew Barney, Andrea Zittel, and Mel Chin.

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Stuart Brisley

Stuart Brisley is probably best known for his disturbing performance art that pushed his body to extremes but less is known about his previous four decades as an artist in which he embraced a diverse range of artistic expression.

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What are the contradictions, ambiguities, and truths of the 21st Century and how do artists address them?

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Macbeth DVD (Patrick Stewart)

Now with subtitles for the hard of hearing

Renzo Piano

Retrospective exhibition opening at the RA 15th September