Orange color field painting in West Orange, NJ

I was out for a walk in my neighborhood in West Orange the other day, when I happened upon this industrial building (below left) which seems to have had a run-in with a color field painter. The term “Color Field painting” refers to a style within Abstract Expressionism, with prominent artists including Clyfford Still, Barnett Newman, and Mark Rothko, among others. This abstract art was characterized by large fields of flat, solid color, which enveloped the viewer when seen at close range.

The colors on the building – a white rectangle floating on an orange field flanked by sections of blue – brought to mind Mark Rothko’s 1950 painting “White Center (Yellow, Pink and Lavender on Rose),” pictured below right. Obviously Rothko’s painting only has that thin stripe of dark blue, and is a vertical format, but I do like the connection of the white rectangle and orange field.

industrial building in West Orange with color field painting like Mark Rothko

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