Petra Cortright’s core practice is the creation and distribution of digital and physical images using consumer or corporate softwares. She became renowned for making self-portrait videos that use her computer’s webcam and default effects tools, which she would then upload to YouTube and caption with spam text. Cortright’s paintings on aluminum, linen, paper, or acrylic are created in Photoshop using painting software and appropriated images, icons, and marks. The digital files are endlessly modifiable, but at a “decisive moment” they are translated into two-dimensional objects. They become finite, yet their range of motifs and marks, and their disorienting perspectives and dimensions suggest dynamic change.

Cortright (Santa Barbara, CA, 1986) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She studied Fine Arts at Parsons School of Design, The New School, New York, NY (2008) and the California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA (2004).

Selected exhibitions include: “The Body Electric,” Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (upcoming, 2019); “I Was Raised On the Internet,” MCA Chicago, IL; Nahmad Projects, London, UK (solo)(both 2018); Ural Industrial Biennial, Ekaterinberg, Russia; 1301PE, Los Angeles, CA (solo); City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand (solo)(all 2017); Ever Gold Projects, San Francisco, CA (solo)(2018 and 2016); "Electronic Superhighway,” Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK; Carl Kostyál, London, UK (solo)(both 2016); Foxy Production, New York, NY (solo)(2017 and 2015); The Metabolic Age, MALBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina; "On YouTube. Kunst und Playlists aus 10 Jahren,“ Kunsthaus Langenthal, Switzerland; “Im Inneren der Stadt,” Künstlerhaus Bremen, Germany; Depart Foundation, Los Angeles (solo)(all 2015); Société, Berlin, Germany (solo)(2016 and 2014); Frieze Film, London, UK; 12th Bienniale de Lyon, France (both 2013); Preteen Gallery, Mexico DF (solo)(2011), and the Venice Bienniale, Italy (2009).

Cortright’s works are in the permanent collections of The Péréz Museum, Miami, FL; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; MOTI, Breda, in collaboration with Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; MCA Chicago, IL; Kadist Foundation, San Francisco, CA; BAMPFA, Berkeley, CA, and the San Jose Museum of Art, CA.



Selected Bibliography

Sterling, Bruce. "The Ephemera Mine." RHIZOME, 1 Mar. 2018. Web.

"Goings On About Town: Petra Cortright." The New Yorker. 2 Oct. 2017: 6.

Cascone, Sarah. "Here Is Every Single New York Gallery Show That You Need to (Somehow) See This September." Artnet. 7 Sept. 2017. Web.

Lesser, Casey and Scott Indrisek. "The 15 New York Shows You Need to See This September." Artsy Magazine. 30 Aug. 2017. Web.

Mindlin, Valerie. “Petra Cortright”, Artforum. Oct. 2016. Web.

Jansen, Charlotte. “Petra Cortright Is the Monet of the 21st Century”. Artsy. 13 May 2016. Web.

Goulder, Iona. “Petra Cortright on the Gentrification of the Internet.” Amuse. 4 April 2016. Web.

McGarry, Kevin. "Petra Cortright's Desktop Dolls." New York Times Style Magazine. 9 July 2015: Web.

Zhong, Fan. "Art 2.0." W Magazine. May 2015. Print.

Ding, Chinnie. "Petra Cortright." Artforum picks. 20 Feb. 2015. Web.

Wyma, Chloe. "Offline: The Inscrutable Cheeriness of Petra Cortright." ARTinfo. 12 Feb. 2015. Web.

Horn. Dottir. "All the Things She Said." aqnb. 29 Oct. 2014. Web.

Cortright, Petra. “In Conversation: Petra Cortright with Courtney Malick.” SFAQ Issue 16. May-July 2014: 66–71.

Milliken, Mary. “For World Cup, the beautiful game plays out on museum walls.” Reuters. 29 Jan. 2014. Web.

Williams, Maxwell. “On View | For Petra Cortright, the Web Is the Ultimate Canvas.” The New York Times Style Magazine. 8 Nov. 2013 Web.

Schildhause, Chloe. "Petra Cortright, A Demonstration in Artistic Onus." Flaunt Magazine. 25 Oct. 2013.

Urguhart, Robert. “The Passion Of Petra Cortright.” the creators project. 22 Oct. 2013. Web.

Ugelvig, Jeppe. “Frieze London | Interview with Petra Cortright.” Dis Magazine. 22 Oct. 2013. Web.

Sifferlin, Alexandra. “Digital Art Clicks on the Auction Block.” TIME. 21 Oct. 2013.

Maloney, Jennifer. “Auction House Enters the Digital Age.” The Wall Street Journal. 23 Sept. 2013.Web.

Thompson, Clive. “ Vision Quest | Doug Aitkens tech-fueled, all-night, glow-in-the-dark, cross-country, pop-art train ride.” Wired. Aug. 2013 Web.

Sterling, Bruce. “Data Mine: Bruce Sterling on Petra Cortright’s HELL_TREE, 2012.” Artforum 50th Anniversary Issue. Sept. 2012 Web.

Glover, Ian. “Artist Profie: Petra Cortright.” Rhizome. 7 Sept. 2011. Web.

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