American Masters

Iconic artist Jean-Michel Basquiat painting. Marion Busch
The series kicked off its 33rd season with a legendary sports figure: Red Sox baseball player Ted Williams and continued with a wide array of artists, and thinkers. It served up an artists flight of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Elizabeth Murray, Andrew Wyeth and Eva Hesse, and turned the spotlight on the man behind the camera in Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable, the storyteller who transformed spontaneous street photos into high art in 1960s-70s America. An exemplar of violin excellence, Itzhak Perlman‘s playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life. For music aficionados, Holly Near, Charley Pride and choral master Robert Shaw wowed audiences, in addition to entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr. In honor of Pride Month, American Masters lifted the curtain on the life, career and inspirations of the complicated and brilliant Emmy- and Tony Award-winning writer Terrence McNally. In a time when the press is under extreme scrutiny, Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People took a look at the journalist, media mogul and champion of the free press, and his resonating legacy.

“I had not heard of Robert Shaw before watching this American Masters episode. What a fascinating story!” — Gary G., via Facebook

The third season of the American Masters Podcast, featuring actor Jeff Daniels, chef David Chang, and filmmaker Miranda July among others, also premiered, asking subjects and viewers, “Who has inspired your path to success? What is the value of a hero? What makes someone an American Master?”

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