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McDermott & McGough (American)
LOT ID: 80408
Flying Time - 1928, 1988

Acrylic, on Wood with Oil on Linen Insert
80.8 х 60 in. (205.23 x 152.4 cm.)
Signed, inscribed, on face “McDermott-McGough 1928”
Lot description
Artwork measures 80.8 x 60 inches (205.2 x 152.4 cm).

This monumental painting by the celebrated collaborative duo McDermott & McGough is part of the artists' ongoing conceptual study of time and history. Dizzying in both its design and scale, “Flying Time – 1928” comprises a vortex-like composition in which a spinning sequence of dates converge on the work's year of focus, 1928. These dates fly through a serene landscape, positioning the viewer as a time traveler pondering her position within space and time. With the artists’ characteristic blend of wit and skill, this work is a major example from this sought-after series.

The collaborative duo of McDermott & McGough explores the cultural and societal landscapes of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, examining religion, morality, sexuality, beauty, and technology in ornate, highly detailed, and visually arresting paintings. Not only are these paintings rigorous in their historical and stylistic references, but the artists themselves attempt to merge their own lives with that of their art, whether that means painting only by natural light in pre-electricity studios, sporting their own Victorian attire, or traversing the Atlantic by barge. The artists first came to prominence in the fertile 1980s New York East Village scene, where the duo exhibited at many now-legendary galleries such as Holly Solomon, Pat Hearn, and Tony Shafrazi. David Walter McDermott and Peter Thomas McGough now live and work in New York, NY and Dublin, Ireland. Recent exhibitions include "McDermott & McGough – An Experience of Amusing Chemistry: Photographs 1990-1890" at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland and "The Lust That Comes from Nothing" at the Akureyri Art Museum, Akureyri, Iceland.

Flying Time - 1928 by McDermott & McGough
  • Flying Time - 1928 by McDermott & McGough
  • Flying Time - 1928 by McDermott & McGough
  • Flying Time - 1928 by McDermott & McGough
  • Flying Time - 1928 by McDermott & McGough
  • Flying Time - 1928 by McDermott & McGough
  • Flying Time - 1928 by McDermott & McGough
  • Flying Time - 1928 by McDermott & McGough
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