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McDermott & McGough, Furnishings, Works of Art and Other Status Symbols, 1965/2017, oil on canvas, 60 × 48".

McDermott & McGough

Team Gallery | 306 Windward Avenue

McDermott & McGough, Furnishings, Works of Art and Other Status Symbols, 1965/2017, oil on canvas, 60 × 48".

Titled “Hollywood (Homosexual) Hopeful,” this exhibition comprised more than a dozen new paintings purportedly first made in the 1960s—all works cited here, for example, bear the dates 1965/2017. The three large paintings that formed the most immediately cohesive grouping in the show were located in a small white shed next to the gallery’s back patio, evoking a typical artist’s studio for a hobbyist painter in this Los Angeles beachside neighborhood (the gallery is located in Venice). The works depict mid-century interiors in the manner of real estate photography—the scenes are spotless and framed in a way that draws attention to the splashy designer furniture, artworks, coffee-table publications, and personal effects within them—all of which also signal the time when they are set.

In each case, the visual details of such objects charge these otherwise quintessential

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