18 of the Biggest Names in Contemporary Art Tell Us Their Favorite Color

Published December 12, 2018

Some of the greatest minds in contemporary art tackle the impossibly difficult question: What is your favorite color right now?

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Jenny Holzer

“Here’s a favorite Crayola color:  America the ‘Bluetiful.’”

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Kevin Beasley

“It’s my favorite at the moment because its my favorite in the past.”

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T.J. Wilcox 

“The mysterious shade of a bruise, reminds me of happy flea-market days and Kenneth Anger’s brilliant rainbow of a film Puce Moment (1949).”

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Alex Da Corte

“It feels soft and blobby and warm. I want to wrap myself in this color like an oversize piece of bologna.”

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Aleksandar Mir

Post-it yellow is a trusted old friend.”

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Robert Longo

“My favorite color is Prussian blue because it’s the closest color to black, but when you add a little white it becomes the color of the sky.”

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Bjarne Melgaard

“This is the color of a microdosage of LSD every other day.”

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Francesco Vezzoli

“‘Pink is the navy blue of India.’—Diana Vreeland”

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Jordan Casteel

“I recently had my aura read at a wedding, and they saw a bright red over my head. Now I can’t stop seeing it everywhere.”

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Rachel Harrison

“The color inside that Bruce Nauman corridor work on the sixth floor of MoMA.”

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Judith Eisler

“Oscillating with violets, grays, and greens, this single square of blue conjures up the depth of the sea, the expansiveness of the night sky, and the steely shine of metal.”

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Amy Sillman

“No one in their right mind has a favorite color, but I could pick this yellow, because, well, it’s the best.”

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Virginia Overton

“This color is like that tiny corner of the sky just after the sun sinks below the horizon and right before the darkness comes.”

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Barbara Kruger

“It’s hard to narrow to one. I’m a gray and green person. Wherever I live, these two colors dominate. If I have to pick, I’d say this cool gray.”

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Theodore Fivel

“Orange lumière. It’s the color of the sun, impossible to recreate sustainably.”

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John Stezaker

“For me, it has to be midnight blue. The color of night. A blue as close to black as it is possible to discern while still holding the possibility of light.”

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Talia Chetrit

“I like that this color orange has a contradictory message. Depending on how it’s combined or used it can read as grim or warm, bold or secondary.”

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Josephine Meckseper

“I saw this color appear deep in the universe during a recent meditation.”

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