‘Abstract: The Art of Design’ lets artists explain the magic
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‘Abstract: The Art of Design’ lets artists explain the magic

Artist Olafur Eliasson, the subject of the season two premiere of Netflix’s "Abstract: The Art of Design," speaks at TED in 2009. The streaming era of television has been a turbulent one for the creative industry, both praised for the freedom it gives artists and simultaneously criticized for oversaturating the media landscape with a scattershot approach to programming. The imaginative content it leads to, however, is a dream for many specific audiences. Lower key projects — like Netflix’s documentary series “Abstract: The Art of Design” — are a testament to the beauty of niche media produced to perfection. The series follows influential artists and designers of the modern world narrating their careers and creative processes, and its second season debuted quietly on the streaming service Wednesday. “Abstract” is not just catnip for art-conscious hipsters. It manages to serve a role beyond entertainment, inspiring and educating through a synthesis of beautiful presentation, direct commentary and narration from the artists it covers in each episode. In the season two debut, “Abstract” follows installation artist Olafur Eliasson as he goes through his career and inspirations. It sounds like a potential recipe for yawns at high-minded conceptualization. Thankfully, this is not the case. […]

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