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Hennessy Youngman

Interview: Dara Birnbaum on MoMA, EAI, and Wonder Woman

by Corinna Kirsch on June 26, 2012
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Video artists are a troubled breed; nobody knows how to sell or collect their work. But heck, even MoMA has a ton of video in their collection, so maybe there’s a model out there that works. I sat down with Dara Birnbaum, the rare video artist who has both a gallery (Marian Goodman Gallery) and a distributor (Electronic Arts Intermix). That double life hasn’t deterred museums and collectors from taking an interest in her work. But, as I gleaned from a lengthy interview with Birnbaum, institutions don’t have a clue about fair compensation—not when MoMA only needs to pay $1,200 for one of her videos.

What follows are parts taken from a longer interview with Birnbaum. She’s grand in her ambitions, which include a steadfast commitment to unlimited editions, sticking with EAI, and stealing images. Oh, and we talk about Hennessy Youngman.

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Hennessy Youngman Goes Direct To VHS

by Will Brand on May 10, 2012
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One line at the bottom of a press release caught my eye: “Jayson Scott Musson’s work is now available through EAI’s distribution service. For more information, please click here.” If you ever wanted the YouTube star on U-Matic or Beta, this is your chance.

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A Year-End Review: AFC’s Top Rated Posts

by Paddy Johnson on December 28, 2011
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A look back at AFC’s most popular posts reveals good news and bad news. On the one hand, our second most popular page of the year proves that, yes, intelligent reviews do have a place on the web: readers can’t get enough of our Recommended Shows. On the other, this page was trumped only in numbers by Whitney Kimball’s post Streaming Hot Sex Video Games. Clearly, porn and video games remain an enduring interest on the web.

As we embark on our year end fundraising campaign, I urge you to page through these posts below and take a look at some of the discussion here. We spend a lot of time producing posts we think are valuable, and we want to do more of that. Your donations help make that happen.

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Links! Ice Cube and the Secret Leonardo; Nut Balls

by Will Brand on December 8, 2011

  • Ice Cube waxes about the Eameses in a promo video for Pacific Standard Time. Museum PR departments: this is how you do it. [YouTube]
  • Carolina Miranda’s written  a great introduction to the current wave of institutional critique – Bruces, Powhida, Dalton, Youngman, etc.  Hey, just an observation – these guys are all either Twitter-famous or YouTube-famous. When do we get to seriously institutionally critique Twitter or YouTube? [ARTnews]
  • One of Vasari’s frescos in Florence might be a victim of the celebrity cult he himself started; it’s getting tiny holes drilled in it to search for Leonardo’s Battle of Anghiari[NY Times]
  • Greg Allen found John Cage’s recipe for “nut balls”, whatever those are. [Greg.org]
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Best Link Ever! Art Thoughtz on the Millennials (Live at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago)

by Paddy Johnson on September 28, 2011
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Youtube art star Hennessy Youngman has made his way to the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago to share his wisdom. This time he talks to audiences about what defines Millennials — their acceptance of technology — and gives tips to the museum on how to connect to young’ins. He’s hilarious, and even manages to drop the phrase “make mad shillings”. That’s a currency that isn’t referenced nearly enough these days.

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Hennessy Youngman Compares Contracting Herpes and Experiencing Relational Aesthetics

by Paddy Johnson on March 16, 2011
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We first introduced Hennessy Youngman to audiences last year when he shared his thoughts on Post-Structuralism. Now he’s discussing Relational Aesthetics [posted above]. The video link came to us from Jerry Saltz on Twitter, who appreciates both Rirkrit Tiravanija’s soup at Gavin Brown and Youngman’s cynicism. Naturally, artist William Powhida has challenged him on Twitter […]

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