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McDermott, David (Subject); McGough, Peter (Subject/Author). I'VE SEEN THE FUTURE AND I'M NOT GOING: THE ART SCENE AND DOWNTOWN NEW YORK IN THE 1980S. New York City, NY: Pantheon, 2019. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 290 pages. As New/As New.

The author's memoir. One of the most valuable artistic memoirs of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. "Signed" round sticker pasted in front. Presents Peter McGough's "I've Seen The Future And I'm Not Going: The Art Scene And Downtown New York In The 1980s". His deeply moving and indispensable remembrance - and celebration - of McDermott & McGough, their radical "time machine" art, and their life together (and with others, notably Sebastian), which was inseparable from their art, thereby giving new meaning to what cultivating a "lifestyle" actually entails. Enhanced with memories of the 1980's New York art scene, shark-infested waters they bravely navigated, that McGough brings back to life in effortless, beautiful prose. "Evokes the rank and seedy East Village of that time, where he encountered Keith Haring, Rene Ricard, Kenny Scharf, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, and Jacqueline and Julian Schnabel, among many others. A compelling memoir for our time, told with humor and compassion, about how lives can become completely entwined even in failure and what it costs to re-emerge, phoenix-like, and carry on" (Publisher's blurb). McDermott & McGough are two of the most valuable artists for our time. Their aesthetic of endearing eccentricity is misunderstood and under-valued (especially by their admirers), is NOT an affectation, but a fundamental statement about The Past. They are firmly mis-labelled as "camp" artists, which they are not, simply because, like all radical artists, they have vital - and evolving - ideas (whereas "camp" is a pre-existing sensibility, complete and finished). The "message" and value McDermott and McGough represent, more than any other artist of our time, is the enduring and inescapable relevance, not just influence, of our artistic past. Their work is misunderstood as being about the historical past, which once again, it is not, but is instead about our great artistic past, which is separable from the tyranny of History. Indeed, being gay, they are historically vulnerable, and their achievement is the creation of art that embraces and relives our heritage. As such, it is, finally, about greatness, about what it means to be a truly great artist, not just "important" or "influential". An absolute "must-have" title for McDermott & McGough collectors. This Autographed Copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Peter McGough. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary classic, and will be regarded as a great memoir. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with color plates. Two of the most brilliant artists of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MCDERMOTT AND MCGOUGH TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). . ISBN 1524747041. $80.00

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