Photoshop CS: 110 by 72 inches, 300 DPI, RGB, square pixels, default gradient "Russell's Rainbow" (turn transparency off), mousedown y=9300 x=14550, mouseup y=9300 x=19000

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  • Provenance

    Team Gallery, New York
    Private Collection (acquired from the above in 2010)
    Christie’s, London, 12 February 2016, lot 133
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    ‘It’s a photograph because it’s photographic paper. But obviously I think about them as paintings, because they refer to the history of painting, right? I also have to think about them as sculptures… because they play on the idea of what should be hanging in a gallery. In that sense they’re also kind of ready-mades’ (Cory Arcangel, quoted in Mary Heilmann, ‘Cory Arcangel’, Interview, 21 March 2011, online).

    For contemporary artist Cory Arcangel, exploration of the intersection between digital technology and art is paramount to his practice. Titled after the means of its creation, the present work, Photoshop CS: 110 by 72 inches, 300 DPI, RGB, square pixels, default gradient "Russell's Rainbow" (turn transparency off), mousedown y=9300 x=14550, mouseup y=9300 x=19000 is a visual embodiment of a set of instructions to create a colour gradient on Photoshop. Arcangel created the present work using the universally-recognised photo-editing software, Photoshop, transposing the process into a chromogenic print. Pushing the medium and process of creation to the fore, Arcangel’s Photoshop series featured at the artist’s major solo exhibition, The Sharper Image at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami in 2010. Arcangel openly shares his conceptual creations through the title of his artwork, exposing the accessibility of modern technology and bridging the gulf between consumer product and contemporary art.

    Growing up during the 1980s and 1990s, Arcangel was immersed in a period of intense technological advancement. The artist’s practice also explores video games and film in the production of his pieces, applying his interest in coding, technology and pop culture. Integrating older versions of games and software into his work, Arcangel often highlights the ever-changing nature of technology, offering the viewer a sense of nostalgia for that which has been replaced and updated. ‘One of the great things about being an artist is you’re given the opportunity to take things out of real life and put it into a place where people might consider it in 20 years, otherwise people will forget’ (Cory Arcangel, quoted in Lydia Morrish, ‘Cory Arcangel on Losing Himself to the Internet’, Dazed, 24 March 2015, online).

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Photoshop CS: 110 by 72 inches, 300 DPI, RGB, square pixels, default gradient "Russell's Rainbow" (turn transparency off), mousedown y=9300 x=14550, mouseup y=9300 x=19000

c-print mounted to Diasec, in artist's frame
image 278.1 x 181.6 cm (109 1/2 x 71 1/2 in.)
overall 287 x 190.5 cm (113 x 75 in.)

Executed in 2010.

Estimate
£150,000 - 200,000 

sold for £162,500

Contact Specialist
Henry Highley
Specialist, Head of Evening Sale
+ 44 20 7318 4061 hhighley@phillips.com

20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale

London Auction 27 June 2018