Articles by Jonathan Munar

Artist Josephine Halvorson in Thomaston, Connecticut, 2012. Production stills from the New York Close Up film, Josephine Halvorson Is on the Clock. © Art21, Inc. 2013.

Letter from the (Guest) Editor: Translating Translation

Letter from the (Guest) Editor: Translating Translation

Jonathan Munar, Art21 Director of Digital Media and Strategy and guest editor of the “Translation” issue, rounds up the current issue.

Shana Moulton performs Whispering Pines 10 at the New Museum, New York, 2011. Production still from the New York Close Up film, Shana Moulton & Nick Hallett Stage An Opera. © Art21, Inc. 2014.

Shana Moulton & Nick Hallett Stage An Opera

Shana Moulton & Nick Hallett Stage An Opera

New in New York Close Up, artist Shana Moulton and composer Nick Hallett collaborate on the opera Whispering Pines 10—rehearsing and performing at the New Museum as part of the Rhizome “New Silent” series.

Xu Zhen by MadeIn Company, Under Heaven 3611MQ0137, detail, 2013. Oil on canvas, aluminum; 51 1/5 × 63 × 3 9/10 in (130 × 160 × 10 cm). Courtesy the artists and Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA).

Xu Zhen & Armory Focus: China

Xu Zhen & Armory Focus: China

“Armory Focus: China” curator Philip Tinari discusses his selections for this year’s edition at the The Armory Show, including the work of artist Xu Zhen.

Cai Guo-Qiang, "Inopportune: Stage Two," detail, 2004. Tigers: paper mache, plaster, fiberglass, resin, painted hide; arrows: brass, bamboo, feathers; stage prop: styrofoam, wood, canvas, acrylic paint; dmensions variable. Installation view: MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA. Collection of the Artist. Courtesy Cai Guo-Qiang.

Reflections on Chinese Contemporary Art: Ai Weiwei, Cao Fei, and Cai Guo-Qiang

Reflections on Chinese Contemporary Art: Ai Weiwei, Cao Fei, and Cai Guo-Qiang

“Armory Focus: China” curator Philip Tinari discusses artists Ai Weiwei, Cao Fei, and Cai Guo-Qiang.

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Josephine Halvorson Gets the Conversation Going

Josephine Halvorson Gets the Conversation Going

New in New York Close Up, artist Josephine Halvorson guides an undergraduate painting class in a group critique at Cooper Union in Manhattan.

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Mary Mattingly’s Waterfront Development

Mary Mattingly’s Waterfront Development

New in New York Close Up, artist Mary Mattingly constructs and occupies “Triple Island” (2013), an outdoor sculpture overlooking the East River.

Liz Magic Laser, "Flight", production still, 2011. Courtesy of the artist.

Liz Magic Laser’s Guerrilla Theater

Liz Magic Laser’s Guerrilla Theater

New in New York Close Up, artist Liz Magic Laser directs a group of actors performing theatrical scenes in public locations throughout New York City.

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Behind the Scenes with Mika Tajima

Behind the Scenes with Mika Tajima

At her Bushwick Brooklyn studio, artist Mika Tajima discusses the processes and ideas behind her two installational-performative works Today is Not a Dress Rehearsal (2009) and The Pedestrians (2011).

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Alejandro Almanza Pereda Strikes a Balance

Alejandro Almanza Pereda Strikes a Balance

Installing new work in Brooklyn, New York, and Mexico City, artist Alejandro Almanza Pereda discusses the process and ideas behind his finely balanced sculptural works.

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NYCU | Daniel Gordon Gets Physical

NYCU | Daniel Gordon Gets Physical

In a new “New York Close Up” film, artist Daniel Gordon is shown in his DUMBO studio photographing paper collages constructed from found images downloaded from the Web.

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NYCU | Debo Eilers Makes Things Uncomfortable

NYCU | Debo Eilers Makes Things Uncomfortable

In a new “New York Close Up” film, artist Debo Eilers invites two friends to discuss his sculpture and performance work, as the artist quietly observes in the background.

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NYCU | Jacolby Satterwhite Dances with His Self

NYCU | Jacolby Satterwhite Dances with His Self

In a new “New York Close Up” film, artist Jacolby Satterwhite crafts surreal 3D animated videos while transporting characters from his virtual worlds into the streets of New York City.

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NYCU | Mary Mattingly Owns Up

NYCU | Mary Mattingly Owns Up

In a new “New York Close Up” film, artist Mary Mattingly transforms personal belongings into sculptural forms that she later incorporates into photographs and performative actions.

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Staff Pick

Staff Pick: Doug Aitken’s “Station to Station”

Staff Pick

Staff Pick: Doug Aitken’s “Station to Station”

Jonathan Munar, Art21′s Director of Digital Media and Strategy, takes a quick look at the forthcoming project from artist Doug Aitken.

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NYCU | Marela Zacarías’s Work Finds A Good Home

NYCU | Marela Zacarías’s Work Finds A Good Home

In a new “New York Close Up” film, artist Marela Zacarías moves a suite of sculptures from the Brooklyn Museum to different spaces in the borough.

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NYCU | Eddie Martinez’s Risky Business

NYCU | Eddie Martinez’s Risky Business

In a new “New York Close Up” film, artist Eddie Martinez discusses the motivation to shift his paintings from Pop-like figurations to pared down abstractions.

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NYCU | Erin Shirreff & Tony Smith Go Way Back

NYCU | Erin Shirreff & Tony Smith Go Way Back

In a new “New York Close Up” film, artist Erin Shirreff discusses sculptor Tony Smith as an inspiration for a pair of works, including a 2011 commission for Public Art Fund.

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NYCU | Diana Al-Hadid’s Suspended Reality

NYCU | Diana Al-Hadid’s Suspended Reality

How does an artist resist reality? Watch the latest film from “New York Close Up” featuring artist Diana Al-Hadid.

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NYCU | Josephine Halvorson Is on the Clock

NYCU | Josephine Halvorson Is on the Clock

Can an artist create a compelling work in a single day? Watch our latest NYCU film featuring artist Josephine Halvorson.

David Brooks, "Imbroglios (a phylogenetic tree, from Homo sapiens to Megalops atlanticus)," 2012. Fiberglass, gelcoat, MDF, pencil, hardware; 21 x 12 x 5 feet. Installation view from "Notes On Structure (imbroglios, heaps and myopias)," American Contemporary, New York, March 29–April 29, 2012. Production still from the "New York Close Up" film, "David Brooks Is In His Element". © Art21, Inc. 2013. Artwork courtesy of the artist and American Contemporary, New York.

NYCU | David Brooks Is In His Element

NYCU | David Brooks Is In His Element

What can an artist learn from the hard sciences? Watch our latest NYCU film featuring artist David Brooks.

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NYCU | Mika Rottenberg and the Amazing Invention Factory

NYCU | Mika Rottenberg and the Amazing Invention Factory

What are the stories we tell about objects? Watch our latest NYCU film featuring artist Mika Rottenberg.

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Eleanor Antin Takes Over @Art21 (Again!) | #AntinCWS

Eleanor Antin Takes Over @Art21 (Again!) | #AntinCWS

Artist Eleanor Antin will take over the @Art21 Twitter account to perform a special reading on Wednesday, January 30, from 3:00–4:00 p.m. EST.

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The Art21 Translation Project: Bringing the Words of Contemporary Artists to Global Audiences

The Art21 Translation Project: Bringing the Words of Contemporary Artists to Global Audiences

An introduction to the Art21 Translation Project by Art21 Director of Digital Media and Strategy, Jonathan Munar.

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NYCU | Tommy Hartung Is Off and Running

NYCU | Tommy Hartung Is Off and Running

How does an artist find relief from the pressures of the studio? Watch our latest NYCU film featuring artist Tommy Hartung.

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Exclusive | Richard Serra: Tools & Strategies

Exclusive | Richard Serra: Tools & Strategies

In a new “Exclusive” video, artist Richard Serra describes the various tools and conceptual strategies he has used throughout his career when working with lead and steel.

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The Art21 Blog’s Most-Viewed Posts of 2012

The Art21 Blog’s Most-Viewed Posts of 2012

A look back at the Art21 Blog’s most-viewed posts from the past year by Art21 Director of Digital Media and Strategy, Jonathan Munar.

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New Guest Blogger: Michael Neault, Content and Media Producer, Portland, OR

New Guest Blogger: Michael Neault, Content and Media Producer, Portland, OR

The Art21 Blog’s newest guest blogger is Michael Neault, a content and media producer at Second Story Interactive Studios

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U.S. Department of State Honors Five Art21 Featured Artists with the Inaugural Medal of Arts

U.S. Department of State Honors Five Art21 Featured Artists with the Inaugural Medal of Arts

Art21 featured artists Cai Guo-Qiang, Jeff Koons, Shahzia Sikander, Kiki Smith, and Carrie Mae Weems are awarded the first-ever Medal of Arts from the U.S. Department of State.

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Eleanor Antin Takes Over @Art21 on Twitter

Eleanor Antin Takes Over @Art21 on Twitter

Artist Eleanor Antin will take over the @Art21 Twitter account to perform a special reading on Friday, October 26, from 2:00–3:00 p.m. EST.

Close Encounters with Josephine Halvorson

NYCU | Close Encounters with Josephine Halvorson

NYCU | Close Encounters with Josephine Halvorson

What’s the relationship between an artist and her subject? Watch our latest NYCU film featuring artist Josephine Halvorson.

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avaf + art21 comboworks: A Collaboration with assume vivid astro focus, Art21, and You

avaf + art21 comboworks: A Collaboration with assume vivid astro focus, Art21, and You

Introducing a new interactive and collaborative online artist project with artist collective, assume vivid astro focus.

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Viewer Q&A: Responses from Catherine Opie, El Anatsui, and Marina Abramović

Viewer Q&A: Responses from Catherine Opie, El Anatsui, and Marina Abramović

Artists Catherine Opie, El Anatsui, and Marina Abramović respond to questions submitted through a special Season 6 viewer Q&A.

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Announcing Season Six of “Art in the Twenty-First Century”

Announcing Season Six of “Art in the Twenty-First Century”

The Peabody Award-winning television series, “Art in the Twenty-First Century,” returns to PBS in April for a sixth season.

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The Art21 Blog’s Most-Viewed Posts of 2011

The Art21 Blog’s Most-Viewed Posts of 2011

Art21 Manager of Digital Media and Strategy, Jonathan Munar, rounds up the top 10 most-viewed Art21 Blog posts of 2011.

Cindy Sherman: Fashion

Cindy Sherman: Fashion

SUBSCRIBE TO EXCLUSIVE: RSS | ITUNES | YOUTUBE | ARTBABBLE Episode #143: Commissioned by French Vogue to create a fashion editorial featuring clothes from the Spanish design house Balenciaga, artist …

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Paul McCarthy: “Central Symmetrical Rotation Movement”

Paul McCarthy: “Central Symmetrical Rotation Movement”

SUBSCRIBE TO EXCLUSIVE: RSS | ITUNES | YOUTUBE | ARTBABBLE Episode #142: Artist Paul McCarthy discusses his interest in art as political theater and his sculptures as akin to amusement …