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John O'Reilly: Assemblies of Magic

Publisher: Santa Fe, New Mexico: Twin Palms Publishers, in association with the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachussetts, 2002
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 1931885133
Condition: Fine / Fine
Item #: 110153



First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine maroon cloth-covered boards with title stamped in black on cover and spine, with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photographs by John O'Reilly. Essays by Klaus Kertess and Francine Koslow Miller. Includes list of plates, biography, and bibliography. Designed by Arlyn Eve Nathan and Jack Woody. 184 pp., with 106 four-color plates and additional color illustrations. 12-1/4 x 10-3/8 inches. Published on the occasion of the 2002 exhibition John O'Reilly: Assemblies of Magic, at the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts.


Fine in Fine dust jacket.


From the essay by Francine Koslow Miller: "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 self discovery. His working methods of cutting and pasting mirror the energy inherent in de-constructing and reconstructing the psyche. Alternately, the physical merging of iconic Others enables their psychic incorporation into the Self. Over twenty-five years of part-time employment as an art therapist have rendered O'Reilly equally interested in art and psychology and willing to use his deepest obsessions, fetishes, and fears as source material for his tiny assemblies of magic."