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McDermott & McGough

A Thing of Beauty | Utterly, Utterly Yours | The Incomparable Oscar| Myth/ Thing


A Thing of Beauty, 1915/ 2017
Utterly, Utterly Yours, 1915/ 2017
The Incomparable Oscar, 1915/ 2017
Myth/ Thing, 1915/ 2017

Oil on linen
Each painting is 24 in x 18 in


This edition is framed using high quality, museum grade materials.

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About the artists

David McDermott & Peter McGough (b. 1952 and 1958 respectively) have worked collaboratively since 1980. Their artistic practice is unique and all-encompassing: they have used their life and art to create an unprecedented gesamtkunstwerk that explores issues of gay identity, social repression, and performative time travel.

Known only by their surnames, McDermott & McGough were notorious in the bohemian downtown quarters of New York in the 1980s because of their self-imposed immersion in the Victorian era.

Their dress, their home, their art studios - all were strictly faithful to the late nineteenth and early twentieth-century style. Dubbing their art/life practice a “time experiment,” McDermott & McGough challenged the chronological boundaries of art history and cultural identity. As Peter McGough has stated, “Our photographs are a record of our life and time experiment. Our paintings explained our theories of heredity, sexuality and time.”

Their work frequently addresses the homoerotic aspects of Victorian culture while acknowledging the oppressive politics of the age.

Our current exhibition, The Oscar Wilde Temple is work of art and a secular space, honoring one of the forebears of gay liberation while commemorating contemporary LGBTQ+ martyrs.

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