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O'Reilly, John (Artist/Photographer); Kertess, Klaus & Miller, Francine Koslow (Contributors). JOHN O'REILLY: ASSEMBLIES OF MAGIC. Santa Fe, NM: Twin Palms Publishers, 2002. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 184 pages. As New/As New.

Landmark retrospective monograph on subject. The first book-length critical appreciation of the photographic art of John O'Reilly. The first and only edition. An austerely elegant production by Jack Woody and Arlyn Eve Nathan: Oversize-volume format. Maroon cloth boards with black titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Collage photographs and assemblages by John O'Reilly. Essays by Klaus Kertess and Francine Koslow Miller. List of Plates, Biography, and Selected Bibliography appended at the end. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Korea to the very highest standards. In publisher's original shrinkwrap. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Published on the occasion of the major retrospective exhibition of the same name held at the Addison Gallery of American Art Andover, Massachusetts from September 3 through December 22, 2002. Presents the single most comprehensive overview of the photographic art of John O'Reilly. "Meditations on space, art, war, death, and religion merge with the homoerotic in John O'Reilly's intensely personal photo-transformations. For this artist, montage has proved the richest medium for personal allegory, and the formal and symbolic evolution of O'Reilly's work corresponds to his own awakening and self-discovery" (Francine Koslow Miller). Unlike the Woody Allen character, Zelig, who sought to blend in and become like the people around him, O'Reilly's presence in the company of the Masters is almost rudely obtrusive and conspicuous. The artist/photographer's purpose is to identify himself, who he is, what he cares about, and where he believes he belongs (by association) in the history of art. As such, they are witty, self-deprecating (O'Reilly rarely presents himself in the best light and is never presumptuous), and touching self-portraits. O'Reilly's dazzling montage technique is the exact opposite of Photoshop: He makes the seams as visible as possible; there is no attempt on his part to airbrush in order to "improve" or "perfect" an image. A long-overdue documentation of his magical, one-of-a-kind art, this is an absolute "must-have" title for John O'Reilly and contemporary art photography collectors. This title is now collectible. This is one of few copies of the First Edition still available online, is still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap, and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. Many copies available online are remainder-marked and have other major flaws. A scarce copy thus. 106 plates. One of the finest living artist/photographers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JOHN O'REILLY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1931885133. $80.00

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