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Jayson Musson

American, b. 1977

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Jayson Musson

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American, b. 1977

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Biography

Erstwhile known for his hip-hop career and alter ego Hennessy Youngman, Jayson Musson generated a lot of buzz with his first solo gallery exhibition in 2012—comprising a series of “Coogi sweater” pieces that turned the garments of Bill Cosby and Notorious B.I.G. fame into abstract, painterly compositions. “They seemingly lingered on the borders of gestural abstraction,” Musson has said of his materials, which he sewed and stretched into intricate, thickly dimensional compositions. “I made the joke, ‘That Coogi looks like a Pollock.’” Musson’s Youngman character has gained a widespread following on YouTube for his incisive, insightful commentary on art and the art world from the humorous perspective of a hip-hop outsider, “waxin’ poetic” on topics from Louise Bourgeois and Relational Aesthetics to success and creativity. “If you can’t make it, fake it by over-explaining it,” Youngman says in one of the videos.

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Biography

Erstwhile known for his hip-hop career and alter ego Hennessy Youngman, Jayson Musson generated a lot of buzz with his first solo gallery exhibition in 2012—comprising a series of “Coogi sweater” pieces that turned the garments of Bill Cosby and Notorious B.I.G. fame into abstract, painterly compositions. “They seemingly lingered on the borders of gestural abstraction,” Musson has said of his materials, which he sewed and stretched into intricate, thickly dimensional compositions. “I made the joke, ‘That Coogi looks like a Pollock.’” Musson’s Youngman character has gained a widespread following on YouTube for his incisive, insightful commentary on art and the art world from the humorous perspective of a hip-hop outsider, “waxin’ poetic” on topics from Louise Bourgeois and Relational Aesthetics to success and creativity. “If you can’t make it, fake it by over-explaining it,” Youngman says in one of the videos.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
MCA Chicago
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Articles Featuring Jayson Musson
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Jan 24th, 2019
10 Artistic Masterpieces Meant to Be Experienced Online
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Jan 2nd, 2017
From Joan Jonas to Theaster Gates, These 8 Artists Fooled the Art World with Alter Egos
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