From the pure yellow of the imagined sun, to the orange glow at the end of the day... colors of the sun.
Above: Yellow vinyl 45 of The Beatles "Good Day Sunshine" released June 1966. They wrote a few songs with titles referring to the sun in addition to Good Day Sunshine...Here Comes the Sun, I'll Follow the Sun, Sun King, and countless lyrics including sun and sunshine.
Above: Golden yellow paint like light streaming down the stairs becomes the focus for the room, and connects the different floors. Found here.
Above: Alex Katz "4 pm" 1959
Above: Anthony Caro sculpture
Above: Wall opening in India. Photographer unknown.
Above: Irving Penn photo, 1963, Vogue
Above: Great Gatsby linen covered book, designed by Aled Lewis. It was created recently, though it looks vintage.
Above: Table with ceramic tile top from the 1960's, designer unknown. I found it at the Collective 2 Design Fair NYC summer 2014, shown by Maison Gerard.
Above: Lucio Fontana "Concetto Spaziale" 1960 Galerie Karsten Greve
Above: Anish Kapoor, "Yellow" 1999, Installed at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2009.
Above: William Abranowicz photo of the television in the music room at Graceland, from the book "Elvis Then and Now", 2002.
Above: Fairfield Porter, "Lizzie at the Table", 1958
Above: Anna Ancher (1859-1935) "The Girl in the Kitchen" 1883-86. Hirschsprung Collection, Copenhagen
Above: Interior by Axel Vervoordt. The wood and leather glow in the golden light.
Above: Saul Leiter photo 1959
Above: I took this photo of part of an installation by Emily Mast at the Hammer Museum's show "Made in LA" summer 2014.
Below: Emily Mast working on the Hammer show, from a C magazine piece.
Above: Glen Lukens, Untitled Ceramic
Above: A vendor selling "sweet laddu", made of chickpea flour or wheat semolina, minced dough, ground coconut, ghee, cashews, raisins, cardamom, sugar and saffron for color as well as taste, though often it's just yellow food coloring.
Above: Preserved lemons, coated in salt, from the new cookbook "Mourad New Moroccan" by Mourad Lahlou, chef of the Michelin starred San Francisco restaurant "Aziza".
Above: Lumps of Indian Yellow pigment in the Winsor & Newton archive, purportedly made from the urine of cows fed only mango leaves. In 1996 Winsor & Newton developed a synthetic mixture that reproduced the color and lightfast qualities of the original pigment. When Victoria Finlay, author of the book "Color", went to the location where Indian Yellow was believed to originate there was no evidence that this was ever the way the color was created, and further investigation yielded no other confirmation of the theory, so the origin of this color remains a mystery.
Above: Williamsburg paint makes a beautiful version of Indian Yellow.
Above: Helio Oiticica, "B-11 Box Bolide 09", 1964, Tate Collection
Above and below: Sculptures by Aneta Regel Deleu at Pangolin, London
Above: Turmeric powder and saffron strands. Turmeric is used as an inexpensive dye to recreate costly saffron. The saffron robes of buddhist monks are dyed with turmeric. Saffron comes from Crocus Sativus. The thin crimson stigmas of the flowers need to be tugged out gently by hand, and the rest of the flowers are thrown away. The stigmas have to be tugged early in the day they bloom...by the afternoon they are less valuable and worthless the next day. These days saffron grows mostly in Iran, with some farms in Spain as well.
Above: Vintage French garden dining set I came across at an antique market in Nice. The patterns of rust look like the inside of the turmeric.
Above: Golden yellow will always call to mind the spines of National Geographic.
Above: Man carrying garlands of yellow marigolds at the flower market in Calcutta, India
Above: Wolfgang Laib, "Without Place, Without Time, Without Body", 2007.
Above: Barnett Newman, 1949
Above: Augustus Vincent Tack (1870-1949), "Evening" 1934-36.
Above: Jan Vermeer "The Music Lesson" 1662-65
Above: Found here.
Above: Milton Avery, "Interlude"
Above: Wolfgang Laib working on an installation using pollen collected from Hazelnut trees. Laib has been collecting pollen around his home in a small village in southern Germany since the mid 1990s.
Above: I took this photo recently of pollen produced by tiny pine cones on a tree in our neighborhood. When the pine cones are full of pollen it doesn't take much to knock it out...creating a yellow dust that we've collected...you can see the jar below.
Above: Wolfgang Laib's installation at MOMA summer 2013. His largest pollen installation to date, it measures 18' x 21'.
Above: Pierre Boncampain
Above: Photographer Aldo Cicelyn, Ventotene Island, Italy
Above: Joan Mitchell "Edouard" 1980
Above: Joan Mitchell
Above: During the Indian festival of Holi the celebration includes throwing masses of powdered paints.
Above: Christo and Jeanne-Claude "The Gates", Central Park, NYC, installed February, 2005.
Above: Uta Barth
Above: Fairfield Porter, "October Interior" 1963
Above: Window by Roy McMakin, Domestic Architecture, Manhattan Beach residence.
Above: Howard Hodgkin "Bombay Sunset" 1972-3
Above: Pierre Bonnard "Girl with Parrot", 1910
Above: Stanley Boxer, "Still Life in an Interior", 1960, 56.5" x 55.5"
Above: Fairfield Porter "Maine Interior"
Above: James Bishop, at David Zwirner. You can see the shape of a house faintly in the golden field.
Above: Esteban Vicente, "Early 1995"
Above: Photo taken at a crepe stall on the beach, Antibes.
Above: Luigi Ghirri photo.
Above and below: From the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe. The museum houses Alexander Girard's collection of folk art...an inspired, surprising, and generally wonderful group of objects. The exhibition help to show the connections from one country to another, and the spirit of the installation is in keeping with the colorful pieces on display.
Above: Judy Ledgerwood, "April in Paris"
Above: Mary Ramsden, Untitled 2011
Above: Tangerine colored Datsun 510, made from 1968-1973.
Above: John Mason "Orange Cross" 1963
Above: Howard Hodgkin "The North Sea" 2000
Above: Monks in saffron robes in Luang Prabang. Photographer Karen Chanlyemay
Above: Taken by my husband on a late afternoon dog walk.
Above: Karen Kilimnik, "Dancers in the Wings, Moths, Paris Opera, Degas" 2007
Above: Sunset colored budgie, from Luke Stephenson's book "The Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds".
Below: Installation views of Olafur Eliasson's "The weather project" 2003 at the Tate Modern.