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O'Reilly, John (Artist/Photographer)) & Kertess, Klaus (Contributor)). JOHN O'REILLY: OCCUPIED TERRITORIES: WORKS FROM 1967-1999. Boston, MA: Art Books + Catalogs, 1999. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 30 pages. Fine.

Exhibition Catalog. Retrospective collection of the artist/photographer's collage-photographs. Limited Edition of 2500 copies. The first and only edition. This is the second of the first two catalogs on his work ever published. The Limited Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by John O'Reilly and Allan Weller: Regular-sized volume format. Glossy pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover, as issued. Collage-photographs by John O'Reilly. Essay by Klaus Kertess. Printed on thick, glossy stock paper in Canada to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the retrospective exhibition held at Howard Yezerski Gallery Boston in 1999. Presents John O'Reilly's "Occupied Territories: Works From 1967-1999". Showcases some of his finest and most representative works from a thirty-plus-year period. Best-known for his meticulously produced collages, O'Reilly's underlying preoccupation as an artist/photographer is the idea of artistic heritage and its impact on a contemporary artist's identity, his place ("lineage") in art history, and his sexuality. The artist regards the great Western artistic tradition as inescapable, and so he appropriates and comments on it, wittily, outrageously, and brilliantly. O'Reilly has done for male nude photography what Todd Walker achieved for the female nude. While the two artists could not be more different in every conceivable way, they do have two things in common: An erudite knowledge of and preoccupation with Western art history and a passion for the nude (exclusively female in Walker's case; exclusively male in O'Reilly's). The collection ends with six stunning collage-photographs, all entitled "To Patrick (1975-1997) " , a twenty-two year old victim of AIDS, gone much too soon, evoked in full-frontal nudes that collide with great works of art of the past. "Alluding to countless classical, literary, and art-historical sources, the work is also intensely personal and enthusiastically erotic. O'Reilly seems to be rooting around in civilization's ruins and rearranging them into fragile but enduring monuments to the restorative power of the imagination" (The New Yorker Magazine). John O'Reilly has a cult following, but remains largely unknown among mainstream photography collectors. The very first full-length book on John O'Reilly, "Assemblies of Magic", finally appeared in 2002. An absolute "must-have" title for John O'Reilly collectors. This is a copy of the Limited Edition of 2500 copies. This title is now collectible. This is one of few copies of the Limited Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. 25 plates. One of the most brilliant artist/photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JOHN O'REILLY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1887593152. $50.00

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