Weinstein Gallery is pleased to present DETROIT 1958, Carbro Prints, an exhibition of photographs by internationally acclaimed painters and photographers David McDermott and Peter McGough. This will be the debut solo exhibition of their work in the Midwest.
Throughout their photography career, McDermott and McGough have adopted old processes, whether it be Cyanotype or Palladium printing, to capture a time long past. With DETROIT 1958, the artists' first major body of photographic work since 1992, they turn their eye to Detroit car culture in the late 1950s. This exhibition is comprised exclusively of Carbro prints, a time consuming and technical printing process known for saturated, vibrant color with an extra-dimensional quality.
McDermott and McGough capitalize on the color quality of Carbro prints by photographing all that is luminous: convertible cars that reflect neon signage, girls wearing jewel-toned poodle skirts drinking milkshakes in the local diner, and teenagers gathered around the jukebox looking at glossy girly magazines. These photographs, staged at the Henry Ford Automotive Museum in Detroit, capture the hopefulness of America in the 1950s, as well as the concurrent moral constraints and conformity. The images also reflect the extraordinary influence of car culture on everyday life.
McDermott and McGough rose to fame in the 1980s, becoming integral members of the SoHo art scene, even making an appearance in Julian Schnabel's 1996 film chronicling the life of Basquiat. Their paintings and photographs have been the subject of exhibitions in museums and galleries worldwide: The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; The National Gallery of Greece, Athens; and Fondation Catier pour l’art contemporarian, Paris, among others. They are the subject of numerous monographs and catalogues.
Opening reception with the artists on October 9, 2009, from 6:00-8:00 P.M.
McGough, as a significant influence on their own work.
For further information, please contact Leslie Hammons, Director, at 612-822-1722.
Cigarette Break,1958, 2007
23 x 18 inches