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John O'Reilly at Tibor de Nagy Gallery

Posted by Sebastian Smee  June 15, 2011 10:44 AM

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O'Reilly_Nijinksy_2010_halftone montage_9.875x10.675in_72dpi.jpgJohn O'Reilly is one of New England's most bewitching artists. His photographic montages are bravura exercises in comoposition. They're also, more importantly, drenched in associations - poetic, erotic, literary, historical - that always seem purposeful, never merely arbitrary (the curse of so much photomontage).

O'Reilly has had brilliant shows at Howard Yezerski Gallery in recent years (I reviewed one of them here). His latest show, "Recent Montage," has just opened in New York at Tibor de Nagy Gallery. This typically brilliant piece, "Nijinsky," is one of the works in the show.

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