Petra Cortright - New Now London Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Foxy Production, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Foxy Production, Farm to Table, 9 July - 8 August 2014
    London, Whitechapel Gallery, Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966), 29 January – 15 May 2016, p. 78 (illustrated)

  • 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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digital painting on aluminium
161.4 x 121.8 cm (63 1/2 x 47 7/8 in.)
Executed in 2014.

£15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for £22,500

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New Now

London Auction 6 April 2017