Petra Cortright - New Now New York Tuesday, March 12, 2024 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Steve Turner Gallery, Los Angeles
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Los Angeles, Steve Turner Contemporary, ✖✗✘ BLank BLANk bLANk, November 9–December 21, 2013 (another example exhibited)
    Los Angeles, Hammer Museum, On View at the Café: Petra Cortright, 2015 (another example exhibited)
    Yekaterinburg, 4th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, September 14–December 11, 2017, pp. 104-105 (another example exhibited and illustrated, p. 104)
    Los Angeles, UTA Artist Space, Cam Worls, February 24–April 7, 2018 (another example exhibited)
    Los Angeles, Hammer Museum, Dirty Protest: Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection, January 24–May 19, 2019 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    Jennifer Maloney, “Auction House Enters the Digital Age,” The Wall Street Journal, September 23, 2013, online (another example illustrated)
    Marina Galperina, “This Digital Art is up for Auction at Phillips,” Animal New York, September 24, 2013, online (another example illustrated; titled as, rgb,d-lay)
    Zing Tsjeng, “How to sell a GIF,” DAZED, October 2, 2013, online (another example illustrated)
    “Unpainted Media Art Fair,” Sleek Magazine, December 18, 2013, online (another example illustrated)
    Jody Zellen, “Petra Cortright,” Artillery Magazine, January 7, 2014, online (another example illustrated)
    Ever Gold [Projects], “Petra Cortright: In Conversation with Courtney Malick — SFAQ Issue 16 (2014),” Artsy, November 26, 2016, online (another example illustrated)
    Nadja Sayej, “Tipa care transformă videochatul în artă feministă,” VICE, March 1, 2018, online (another example illustrated)
    Shana Nys Dambrot, “Petra Cortright: Cam Worls at UTA Artist Space,” art and cake, March 23, 2018, online (another example illustrated)
    Jody Zellen, “Petra Cortright: ‘Cam Worls’,” ART NOW LA, 2018, online (another example illustrated; titled as, rgb,d-lay)
    Emanuela Chiesa and Vincenza Russo, eds., Petra Cortright, Milan, 2020, pp. 62, 63 (another example illustrated, p. 62)

  • Artist Biography

    Petra Cortright


    Taking from the tradition of gestural painting, Los Angeles-based artist Petra Cortright uses floral imagery to recreate Monet-type works on aluminum. But unlike those who preceded her, Cortright is digitally charged in her practice and renders analog images into "digital brushstrokes." She sources her images online and manipulates them in Photoshop in the hopes of constructing a palimpsestic sprawl. With the hint of glitch and a pinch of selfie culture, her work is self-reflexive in that it studies the progression of Abstract Expressionism into our current historical moment.

    Cortright started her career by posting self-portrait videos taken by webcam to her own YouTube channel. The videos feature the artist scrolling through various recording effects.

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RGB, D-Lay

webcam video
runtime: 24 seconds

installation dimensions variable
Executed in 2011, this work is number 3 from an edition of 3 plus 1 artist's proof.

$7,000 - 10,000 

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Avery Semjen
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New York Auction 12 March 2024