Joe Brainard, Jess, John O'Reilly

Selected Works

December 2, 2010 – January 8, 2011

JESS
Untitled
1953
collage
17 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches

JOE BRAINARD
Untitled (Love)
1970
ink and pencil
6 x 4 inches

JOE BRAINARD
Flowers
1968
watercolor on paper
10 x 8 inches

JOHN O'REILLY
Carlton With Harry
1997-2002
polaroid montage
6 5/8 x 7 1/8 inches

JOE BRAINARD
Untitled (Bicycle Ace)
1975
mixed media and gouache on paper
6 x 4 inches

JOE BRAINARD
Loss-Desire
1976
collage
7 x 5 inches

JOE BRAINARD
Untitled (Cigarettes)
1969
collage
8 x 6 inches

JOE BRAINARD
Untitled (Rogue River Valley Pears)
1976
collage
9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches

JOE BRAINARD
Untitled (Cardinal Rose)
1977
collage
7 x 5 inches

JOHN O'REILLY
As A Family (French Self and Angel)
1991
polaroid montage
7 x 9 1/2 inches

JOHN O'REILLY
Wrestlers
2008
halftone, color coupler montage
4 1/16 x 5 5/16 inches

JOHN O'REILLY
French Youth and Satyr
1998
polaroid photograph
3 3/4 x 2 7/8 inches

JOHN O'REILLY
To Hart Crane #6
1987
polaroid montage
3 3/4 x 8 inches

JOHN O'REILLY
The Kiss
2010
color coupler and paper montage
10 1/4 x 14 3/16 inches

JOHN O'REILLY
Nijinsky - Night Dance
2010
paper montage
11 x 7 3/4 inches

JOHN O'REILLY
Natura Morta
2010
paper montage
12 3/16 x 14 5/8 inches

JOHN O'REILLY
With An Angel
2008
paper montage
11 1/2 x 9 inches

JOE BRAINARD
Madonna with Flowers IV
1966
gouache and collage
20 1/2 x 15 inches

JOE BRAINARD
Untitled (Lucky Strike)
nd
gouache and collage
8 3/4 x 7 inches

JOE BRAINARD
Untitled (Pansies II)
c.1968
collage
14 x 10 3/4 inches

JESS
Emblems for Robert Duncan II:
into the troubled childish day
1989
collage
4 1/4 x 5 5/8 inches

JESS
Emblems for Robert Duncan II:
Sentences of an inaudible bell
1989
collage
4 1/4 x 5 5/8 inches

JESS
Emblems for Robert Duncan II:
They were there for they are here
1989
collage
4 1/4 x 5 5/8 inches

JESS
Emblems for Robert Duncan II:
the ayre of the music carries
1989
collage
4 1/4 x 5 5/8 inches

JESS
Emblems for Robert Duncan II:
To open Night's eye that sleeps in what we know by Day
1989
collage
4 1/4 x 5 5/8 inches

JESS
Emblems for Robert Duncan II:
Once more, remembering, you build the shrine to Ameinias
1989
collage
4 1/4 x 5 5/8 inches

JESS
Emblems for Robert Duncan II:
Do you know the old language?
1989
collage
4 1/4 x 5 5/8 inches

JESS
Caesar's Gate: Untitled (People with Big Thumbs)
1955
collage
8 x 6 1/8 inches

JESS
Caesar's Gate: Rumors
1955
collage
8 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches

JESS
Caesar's Gate: Frontispiece
1955
collage
8 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches

Press Release

The Tibor de Nagy Gallery is pleased to present a selection of works by the three singular artists. Using the quintessentially modernist form, collage, the artists create odd interminglings and fantastic juxtapositions. The works share an aesthetic sensibility that weaves together elements of erotic sensuality with sentiments that range from boisterous humor to tender poignancy.

Joe Brainard (1942-1994), who grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and moved to New York in 1960, is best known for his small scale works on paper and collages. Although he counted among his friends Pop artists such as Andy Warhol, his works are often humorous and earnest, in contrast to the cool detachment of much of the Pop art of the period. His collages and drawings combine a technical skill and gift for composition along with seemingly endless invention and imagination. Brainard’s work is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.

Jess (1923-2004), born Burgess Collins in Long Beach, California, was a leading light of the San Francisco art scene from the 1950s until his death in 2004. He was a quietly independent artist whose work developed a complex synthesis of art and literary history. His collages, which he referred to as “paste-ups,” are complicated surrealist compositions assembled using magazines, photographs, and any other material at hand. For decades known mostly to the cognoscenti, in recent years his works have received attention from a younger generation attuned to his interests in far-ranging mythologies, transformative narrative, and the appropriation of images.

John O’Reilly (b. 1930), who was born in suburban New Jersey though he has spent most of his life living and working in Massachusetts, creates photomontages which depict fantasy worlds and dreamscapes. The sophisticated compositions are often richly imbued with the art historical references for which the artist displays a loving fascination. 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 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.