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Joe Brainard, Jess, John O'Reilly exhibition reviewed in The New Yorker

“Joe Brainard, Jess, John O’Reilly”

Works by three collage artists with cult followings make up an inspired exhibition about intricacy, fantasy, and gay sensibility. Brainard (1942-94) is the sunniest and most seductive of the group, but the real conversation is between Jess (1923-2004) and O’Reilly (born in 1930), both of whom make densely layered, photo-based work that suggests they were separated at birth. O’Reilly is the subtler craftsman, and his work is at once poignant and sexy; his mashups of Renaissance paintings, vintage porn, and academic nudes are marvels of allusion. Also here is a charming group of Rudy Burckhardt’s photographs of children from the forties and fifties. Through Jan. 8.

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