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Amy O’Neill: ‘HLUSA’ at the Swiss Institute

Amy O'Neill, 'OMG,' 2012.

Ever since Claes Oldenberg proposed making a teddy bear large enough to obstruct a Manhattan intersection, shading the banal into the monumental has been a favorite sport of artists with a liking for the absurd—and the requisite Koonsian ego. This month, Soho nonprofit the Swiss Institute plays host to another variation on the time-honored theme, with uneven results. Elements of Amy O’Neill’s “HLUSA” are striking enough, but, while not without its subtleties and potentials, the project as a whole doesn’t add quite enough to the inherent fascination of its subject to make for something likely to endure as an independent meditation. Read More