First Solo U.S. Museum Exhibition of Petra Cortright
Artist uses sources native to the age of the internet and digital technology
The work of Petra Cortright, a leading figure in what is sometimes referred to as the “Post-Internet Art” movement, will be exhibited this fall at Palm Springs Art Museum. Petra Cortright: sapphire cinnamon viper fairy will run from Sep. 29, 2022 – Mar. 26, 2023.
Exhibition opening and member reception:
Thursday, September 28, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Petra Cortright: sapphire cinnamon viper fairy is the artist’s first museum solo show in the United States.
Cortright makes art in genres such as landscape and portraiture by using tools, sources, formats, and platforms native to the age of the internet and digital technology. During the early 2000s, she captured the attention of the art world with a series of self-portrait videos that demonstrated unconventional uses of standard special effects. She also makes digital paintings printed on aluminum, linen, and paper. These paintings evoke the work of the Impressionists and other plein air painters, but Cortright sources her imagery online, using the internet as a stand-in for nature. These works, nonetheless, exert a powerful physical presence.