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A concise and slightly daring retrospective of John O’Reilly’s photomontages is currently on view at the Addison Gallery of American Art, presenting four decades of the artist’s production. The photograph is the basis for his poetic meditations on art history and the human condition, and he draws freely from self-portraits, art books, religious imagery, gay pornography, and historical material to assemble his intricate montages. In their eccentric pairings and intimate confessions, these works are a little like experiencing the pages of an obsessively compiled private album.

—Diana Gaston, Boston

- Meredith Tromble [Friday, September 20th, 2002]

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