John O'Reilly

Montages 1968 - 2015

September 10 – October 17, 2015

Nijinsky
2014
paper montage
26 3/8 x 28 1/4 inches

Of Gerard Manley Hopkins
2007
polaroid montage
15 5/8 x 17 1/4 inches

Holding
1997
polaroid montage
6 x 8 1/4 inches

Noctune #11
2007
polaroid montage
9 3/8 x 20 3/4 inches

Nocturn #7
2006
polaroid montage
9 1/2 x 23 inches

Twelve Noctunes
2007
color coupler prints
8 1/2 x 24 inches

Tears
1999
polaroid montage
8 1/8 x 6 5/8 inches

Eakins - Double Portrait
2006
polaroid montage
8 7/8 x 22 3/4 inches

Swing
1973
paper, casein montage
8 3/4 inches (tondo)

Wounded Horse - To Cormac McCarthy
2015
paper, watercolor, pencil montage
16 x 19 inches

Ball
2015
paper, watercolor, pencil montage
15 x 17 inches

The Purple House
2015
paper, watercolor montage
15 x 17 inches

Into the Mountain
2012
vintage photographs
8 1/2 x 17 inches

Floating
1972
paper casein montage
7 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches

Goat
1972
paper casein motage
7 x 7 inches

Feet
1972
paper montage and casein
9 x 7 1/2 inches

Fan
1973
paper casein mntage
8 x 9 inches

Diver
1968/2006
paper and casein montage
41 x 45 1/4 inches

Tom Eagan as Balthasar Carlos
1996/2002
polaroid montage
9 3/8 x 5 5/16 inches

Before Pietro Aretino
1996/2002
polaroid montage
7 11/16 x 5 15/16 inches

Mirroring Apollo
1989
polaroid montage
3 11/16 x 8 1/8 inches

First Lessons in Greek by C.P.Cavafy
1977
cyanotypes, ledger paper, montage
7 1/4 x 9 `/4 inches

Gilles in the Studio
1988/96
polaroid montage
3 3/4 5 x 2 7/8 inches

XXVI - Claude
2013
paper montage
20 x 23 inches

XI - Claude
2012
paper montage
20 x 26 inches

Models and Muses (The Rembrandt Album)
2012
polaroids, vintage photograph, color coupler montage

A Paper Self
1986
polaroid montage
3 5/8 x 4 1/2 inches

Two Models In The Studio
1985
polariod montage
4 5/8 x 5 5/8 inches

Around Amor
1987
polaroid montage
3 3/4 x 9 7/8 inches

Boy With A Hat
1985
polariod montage
3 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches

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 The works are often richly imbued with the art historical references for which O’Reilly displays a loving fascination.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.