Rothko Red

Rothko was famous for aiming to express lofty emotions – tragedy, ecstasy, doom – in his paintings so that his viewers could experience a kind of catharsis. But what about a more light-hearted take on fields of color? Here are some items that may provoke more pleasurable daydreams.

• If the price of a Rothko (eighty-seven million…) seems unpalatable to you, rest assured that Rothko himself couldn’t stand the rich patrons who bought his work. In fact, when he was commissioned to paint for the Four Seasons restaurant, he mentioned that his intention was to ruin their appetite. Photographer Henry Hargreaves spun that idea into his Mark Rice-ko series of color-field paintings made of colored rice – the perfect antidote to the immersive experience (nonsense) that accompanies the Rothko myth.

• Victoria Westbury’s Shift Dress is made from gorgeous textiles picked up in a small boutique in Rome. The luscious colors might transport you to sunny afternoons spent wandering with gelato in hand.

• This Long Coat by YY Studio is a classic silhouette in bold red.

• Jenny’s Abstract Painting builds dripping layers of orange, red, and sea green.

• Stacy Frank’s Monotype is a Rothko-inspired sunset of red, yellow, and orange.

• Marta Sabate’s Ring packs a brilliant punch in red and yellow colored resin.

• Mandy Pellegrin’s Clutches are color-blocked for a bold, streamlined look.

• Mari’s Plate is made of fused glass in fiery red and yellow, structured with dark red grid lines.

• Mark Poulin’s Enamel Ring frames blocks of color inspired by the red rocks of Moab.

• Nguyen Le’s Necklace is made of color-blocked cord that you can twist in multiple layers.