In May 2012, Mark Rothko's 1961 Orange, Red, Yellow painting sold for a then record price of $86.9 million at Christie's, beating the previous Rothko record of $72.8, which had been set when David Rockefeller sold White Center (Yellow, Pink and Lavender on Rose) in 2007.
The good news news is that until our 500 Project artists become as famous as Rothko, their work won't set you back millions! Inspired by the glowing orange hue in Rothko's masterpiece, we've selected some of our favorite pieces with a hint or more of tangerine. Comprised of yellow and red in its purest form, orange runs the gamut of papaya, peach and apricot to carrot, pumpkin, vermilion, persimmon and amber. You'll see this full range of colors reflected in the pieces below.
We should point out that Rothko would be turning in his grave if he thought we were implying that his work is about color. It's ok Rothko, we know it's not. To quote the social revolutionist thinker himself,
"If you are only moved by color relationships, you are missing the point. I am interested in expressing the big emotions - tragedy, ecstasy, doom."
Similarly, our artists' paintings are not about color alone. Most of them fall somewhere between expressionism and abstraction. They are telling a story, expressing a point of view or conveying a concept. That's why we like to include their statements with their biographies so you can get a sense of their perspective and the meaning behind their work.
So whether you like these pieces because you like orange, because they coordinate with your interior decor or because they speak to you at a deeper level, enjoy them.