I've Seen the Future and I'm Not Going: The Art Scene and Downtown New York in the 1980s

I've Seen the Future and I'm Not Going: The Art Scene and Downtown New York in the 1980s Review

Brilliantly funny, frank, and shattering, this is the bittersweet memoir by Peter McGough of his life with artist David McDermott. Set in New York's Lower East Side of the 1980s and mid-1990s, it is also a devastatingly candid look at the extreme naivet� and dysfunction that would destroy both their lives.

Escaping the trauma of growing up gay in Syracuse and being bullied at school, McGough attended art school in New York, dropped out, and took out jobs in clubs, where he met McDermott. Dazzled by McDermott, whom he found fascinating and worldly, McGough agreed to collaborate with him not only on their art but also in McDermott's very entertaining Victorian lifestyle. McGough 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. Nights were spent at the Ninth Circle, Danceteria, and Studio 54; going to openings at the FUN Gallery; or visiting friends in the Chelsea Hotel. By the mid-1980s, McDermott & McGough were hugely successful, showing at three Whitney Biennials, represented by the best galleries here and abroad, and known for their painting, photography and "time experiment" interiors. Then, overnight, it was all gone. And one day in the mid-1990s, McGough would find that he, like so many of his friends, had been diagnosed with AIDS.

I've Seen the Future and I'm Not Going is 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 reemerge, phoenix-like, and carry on.

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  • Tosh

    I'm fascinated with Dandies, either from the past or contemporary times. McDermott & McGough are two artists that work as one, and their aesthetic is very much ignoring the 21st century and most of th...

  • Jim Razinha

    I received an electronic uncorrected proof of this for review from the publisher through Edelweiss. The photos in my copy were all gray-scale; I don't know if they will be in color in the published ed...

  • Leza

    I wouldn’t describe this as “brilliantly funny” (see the blurb) but it’s definitely an entertaining read especially for anyone interested in creative eccentrics, New York and the 80s art scene...

  • Koen

    Fairy interesting read about two artists i hadn't heard of and did not know anything about. The title caught my eye and i thought i'd give it a go.The book provides us with glimpse in to the lives of ...

  • David

    This was an excellent memoir. Peter McGough brilliantly describes New York City in the 80s and 90s, the intricacies of a career in art, and the turmoils, joys, loves and heartbreak that make up the hu...

  • Ava

    the book offers a poignant and dryly funny look into the eighties art scene with ever-changing friends and apartments throughout New York in midst of the AIDS pandemic. simultaneously inspiring and de...

  • Jeimy

    Entertaining....

  • Doris Raines

    FABULOUS BOOK....