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The monumental painting "Flying Time - 1928" by the celebrated collaborative duo McDermott & McGough is a fantastic exploration of the artists' conceptual study of time and history. Dizzying in both its design and scale, “Flying Time – 1928” depicts a vortex- like composition where a spinning sequence of dates –past and present- converge on the works year of focus,1928. These exploding dates fly through a serene landscape, positioning the viewer in a hypnotic trance- a time traveler left to ponder their own position within space and time. In the artists’ signature fusion of wit and skill, this stunning work presents a unique opportunity to acquire a major example from this sought-after series.

The collaborative duo of McDermott &McGough explore the cultural and societal landscapes of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, examining religion, morality, sexuality, beauty, and technology in ornate, highly-detailed, beautiful paintings. Not only are these paintings conceptually rigorous in their historical and stylistic references , but the artists themselves seamlessly merge their own lives with that of their art. Whether painting only by natural light in pre-electricity studios, sporting their own Victorian attire, or travelling trans-Atlantic by Barge, McDermott and McGough are essentially time travelers from a not-to-distant past. The artists originally came up 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. Their Recent exhibits 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).

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Provenance:
  • Sotheby's Arcade: Thursday, October 10, 1996 Private Collection, USA
  • Pickup Location: California, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 80.8 x 60 in. (205.23 x 152.4 cm.)
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