Hennessy Youngman Launches Open Call for “Family Business” Exhibition

Art world satirist Hennessy Youngman has taken to YouTube to launch an open call for artwork for a group show at Massimiliano Gioni and Maurizio Cattelan‘s pint-size Chelsea gallery Family Business. The gallery, which opened last month with an exhibition curated by artist Marilyn Minter, is the latest side project for the two art-world figures. Unlike most group shows at such well-connected spaces, however, Youngman doesn’t seem to plan to turn any submissions away. Full video after the jump.

The plan came about after Minter asked Youngman to contribute to her exhibition and he decided to defer to the Internet rather than make his own work. Among the pieces Youngman said he will welcome are “big ass paintings, little ass paintings, student loan letters, and a piece of art your boyfriend made you because he was too cheap to get your a real gift.” The end result will probably be a very crowded “shitshow,” as Youngman describes it, but if it is anywhere near as amusing as his description of Gioni (whose “name sounds like he eats money instead of lettuce in his salad”), it should be well worth a visit.

Youngman’s exhibition, “It’s a small, small world,” opens at Family Business at 520 W 21st Street in Chelsea on Tuesday, April 3, at 6pm. Youngman will be on site accepting artwork between March 30 and April 1 from 10am to 7pm. All artwork is welcome — even if, as Yougman notes, “your ass didn’t even get into the Brucennial.”

Julia Halperin