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Apr162013

Curio: McDermott & McGough

Alexa here. David McDermott and Peter McGough formed an artistic partnership during the 80s in the East Village, dressing as turn-of-the-century dandies in the scene that included Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Known as McDermott & McGough, they've worked in photography, painting, sculpture and film.  They continue to collaborate, even though McDermott lives in Dublin and McGough in New York (in quite the apartment).  

 

I thought their latest work, photorealistic paintings that celebrate actresses in classic films, would be of interest to TFE readers.  The work often pairs actresses from different films together in moments of intense emotion, or nestles them in modernist compositions with other elements of pop culture.

Here's a selection... 

 


 

 

 

you can see more of their collaborations here.

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Reader Comments (7)

is the first second half image, julianne in far from heaven? it looks so familiar but not quite (i recognize the nightgown/robe/dress? sort of but not from that film?. also the head on the bar? makes me think of some like it hot but that can't be it.

anyone?

April 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commenternathanielr

I thought it was from "Brief Encounter" and it's beautiful and haunting. I love it.

April 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterforever1267

@nathaniel r-- The light and the blonde wig made me think it was Chungking Express but I don't think that's right either...

April 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTB

The head on the bar looks like Deborah Kerr in From Here to Eternity, but I'm not recognizing the shoes. She also looks like Gloria Grahame in anything.

The second half image (at the train station) made me think of Hiroshima Mon Amour...

April 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

Isn't Sweet Charity?

April 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

also thought of "far from heaven" (although I haven't finished that movie), and "brief encounter" for the train one.

the last one is what?

April 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermarcelo

The last one is Suzanne Pleshette in...?

April 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

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