Color Wheel is a series in which we identify a trending color in art, and post a daily image that illustrates its popularity. This week’s color is coral.
On a scale of one to ten, coral’s popularity is about a three. It sits out on the bleachers and gets called on in class, but only when nobody else comes to the board. But maybe there was a time, not too long ago, when coral was cooler. That imaginary past came to mind when looking at Nathan Carter’s orangey-coral mobiles and paintings.
It’s hard not to think about Alexander Calder when seeing art mobiles. It’s doubly hard not to think about Alexander Calder when seeing carnivalesque art mobiles. And it’s triply hard not to think about Alexander Calder when those carnivalesque art mobiles are coral. His was an era when coral was popular.
For comparison’s sake, here’s a small sample from a Google search for Calder:
It’s mostly orange, but there’s definitely some coral.