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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


There’s No Place Like Home (And That’s Probably for the Best): Olaf Breuning’s ‘Home 3’ Takes on New York

Kertsetter in 'Home 3.' (Courtesy the artist and the Metamatic Research Initiative)

A tall, gangly redhead wearing ice-blue contact lenses is at an Occupy Wall Street rally. “I’m here demonstrating for the people,” he says jubilantly, holding aloft a banana peel. Then, suddenly, his mood shifts, and he looks shaken. “The problem is, I don’t know if I’m the 1 percent or the 99 percent. I was never any good at math.” He snaps out of it and begins dancing with a nearby group of protestors. Seconds later, he points excitedly at a Fidel Castro impersonator whom he mistakes for the genuine article, and dashes up to him. “Habla Español?”

The Occupy rally is but one stop on the madcap romp through some 50 New York City locations—the Apple Store, Nathan’s hot dog eating contest, a Chelsea gallery opening, Balthazar—that constitutes Swiss-born artist Olaf Breuning’s new film, Home 3: Homage to New York, set to premiere at the Swiss Institute on September 4. Like its predecessors in the series, Home 1 and Home 2, which were set in far-flung locales like Machu Picchu, Paris, Ghana and Tokyo, this one stars the artist’s good friend Brian Kerstetter as a loony tourist. But the new film brings Mr. Breuning closer to the place that, for the past 10 years, he’s actually called home. Read More


8 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before June 29

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THURSDAY | Opening: Ella Kruglyanskaya, "Woman! Painting! Woman!" at Gavin Brown's Enterprise


Opening: Hannah Weinberger, “Le Moi Du Toi,” at Swiss Institute
Basel–based artist Hannah Weinberger’s first show in the United States promises to be a supremely minimal affair, at least visually: just white curtains along the walls and multidirectional speakers spread throughout the space. Aurally, though, the gallery will be filled: those speakers will play electronic loops composed by Ms. Weinberger that viewers can navigate on their visits. “There is no beginning or end to the permutations that the exhibition incites,” the SI’s release states. Should be interesting to see how the opening goes with all of that sound playing. —Andrew Russeth Read More


8 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before June 3

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THURSDAY | Opening: Lawrence Schiller, "Marilyn & Me," at Steven Kasher


Screening: Iwan Schumacher, “Urs Fischer,” at New Museum
Iwan Schumacher’s documentary, Urs Fischer, makes its U.S. premiere at the New Museum, presented by Gavin Brown’s Enterprise and the Swiss Institute. –Michael H. Miller
New Museum, 235 Bowery, New York, doors at 6:30 p.m., screening 7 p.m. RSVP to rsvp@swissinstitute.net. Read More