The 50 Most Iconic Artworks of the Past Five Years

22. Photoshop CS" series by Cory Arcangel, 2008-Present

Cory Arcangel's Photoshop CS gradient series makes us ask ourselves why we didn't think of it first. Even the titling of Arcangel's gradients reveals all the information necessary to (potentially) recreate the same gradient through any Photoshop program (e.g. the work featured above is titled Photoshop CS: 84 by 66 inches, 300 DPI, RGB, square pixels, default gradient 'Spectrum,' mousedown y=22100 x=14050, mouseup y=19700 x=1800). The mode of production is simple, seamless, and perhaps too much so. Regardless, the gradients have their own sort of magnetism and movement that engages us in a whole set of new yet familiar ways.

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