On Modern American Art: Selected Essays

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MCDERMOTT AND MCGOUGH: THE ART OF TIME TRAVEL 1997

There must be ways of connecting the unforgettably unique art of David Walter McDermott (born 1952) and Peter Thomas McGough (born 1958) with that of their contemporaries, but they are not easy to find. One link might be the curious phenomenon of artists who are twinned not only in their work, but in their life, love, or genes. Examples include Mike and Doug Starn, Dinos and Jake Chapman, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Gilbert and George, Komar and Melamid; but of these, it is only Gilbert and George who approach McDermott and McGough in terms of constructing a private universe that would totally fuse their art with a codified, full-time lifestyle. Another, more far-reaching way of relating McDermott and McGough to their contemporaries might involve the domain of retrospection, so pervasive in art of the late twentieth century. Judging from recent decades, there must be something very

201. David McDermott and Peter McGough, photographic portrait of the two artists

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