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O'Reilly, John (Artist/Photographer) & Tellin, Jim (Contributor). JOHN O'REILLY: SELF-PORTRAITS 1977-1995. Boston, MA: Howard Yezerski Gallery, 1996. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 34 pages. As New.

Landmark exhibition catalog. The artist/photographer's debut collection. The first of only two catalogs on his work published thus far. A brilliant production by John O'Reilly: Regular-sized volume format. Glossy pictorial softcovers, as issued. Collage photographs by John O'Reilly. Interview with Jim Tellin, the single best discussion in print on the unusual art and methods of the artist/photographer. Printed on thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name held at the Howard Yezerski Gallery Boston from January 6 through February 3, 1996. John O'Reilly has established a name for himself as a master collage artist who inserts himself visibly in each of the photographs he has created. 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 rudely obtrusive and conspicuous. As the interview reveals, 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. In lesser hands, this kind of collage would amount to arrogance and presumptuousness. Instead, they come across as witty, self-deprecating (O'Reilly rarely presents himself in the best light), and touching self-portraits. There is a vintage photograph of O'Reilly as a small boy which he inserts in another photograph of a huge elephant (he shows himself "holding" the animal's trunk), a seamless, real-looking collage photograph that is the fulfillment not only of a child's fantasy but also of O'Reilly's sublime artistry. John O'Reilly has a cult following but remains largely unknown among mainstream photography collectors. "Meditations on space, art, war, death, and religion merge with the homoerotic in John O'Reilly's intensely personal photo-transformations. His working methods of cutting and pasting mirror the energy inherent in de-constructing and reconstructing the psyche" (Francine Koslow Miller). The very first full-length book on John O'Reilly, "Assemblies of Magic", finally appeared in 2002. As a result, the two catalogs by him have become highly collectible. A "must-have" title for John O'Reilly completists. This Exhibition Catalog was not sold to the general public and is now highly collectible. It has been out-of-print for a very long time and is now virtually impossible to find. This is the only copy we have ever found, is available online, and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare copy thus. One of the finest American artist/photographers of the 20th century. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JOHN O'REILLY TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). $150.00

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