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John O'Reilly

Montages 1968 - 2015

September 10 – October 17, 2015

Nijinsky 2014 paper montage
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Of Gerard Manley Hopkins
Holding 1997 polaroid montage
Noctune #11 2007
Nocturn #7 2006
Twelve Noctunes 2007
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Tears 1999 polaroid montage
Eakins - Double Portrait
Swing 1973 paper, casein montage
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Wounded Horse - To Cormac McCarthy
Ball 2015 paper, watercolor, pencil montage
The Purple House
Into the Mountain
Floating 1972 paper casein montage
Goat 1972 paper casein motage
Feet 1972 paper montage and casein
Fan 1973 paper casein mntage
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Diver 1968/2006 paper and casein montage
Tom Eagan as Balthasar Carlos
Before Pietro Aretino
Mirroring Apollo 1989
First Lessons in Greek by C.P.Cavafy
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Gilles in the Studio
XXVI - Claude
XI - Claude
Models and Muses (The Rembrandt Album)
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A Paper Self
Two Models In The Studio
Around Amor 1987
Boy With A Hat

Press Release

The Tibor de Nagy Gallery is pleased to present a selection of photomontages from the late 1960s to the present. It marks the artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery.

The exhibition will join together a group of photographic collages, many using old polaroid photographs. The works are often richly imbued with the art historical references for which O’Reilly displays a loving fascination. Using razor blades, paper clips, glue, the artist intricately collages photographs and found materials to create intimate worlds that daringly intertwine Italian Renaissance masters such as Caravaggio with pornographic imagery. Included in the show is a series of works that started in 1968 and continued into the 1970s, where casein serves as a rich background for the collaged photographs.

John O’Reilly (b. 1930) was born in suburban New Jersey, though he has spent most of his life living and working in Massachusetts. Although for many years he only shared his work with close friends, his momentous inclusion in the 1995 Whitney Biennial has brought success and increasing critical praise to his endlessly inventive compositions. In recent years his work was included in the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition “The Printed Picture” (2008) as well as “In the Studio: Photographs” at the Gagosian Gallery earlier this year.

Having studied painting at Syracuse University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, his work is included in the collections of numerous museums, among them the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover.