There is a fierce war being waged in the art world. A war of black beans and pink fingers. You’ve probably never heard of it, and it will probably end in a lawsuit or two.
It all started with celebrated British-Indian artist Anish Kapoor and the blackest material known to man, Vantablack. Developed by scientists at Surrey NanoSystems, Vantablack absorbs all light — 99.965% of radiation. Shortly after the creation of Vantablack, Kapoor managed to secure exclusive rights to use the material in his art. While this may not seem like the end of the world, any artist other than Kapoor using Vantablack would subsequently be sued (big surprise). The art world was divided – Kapoor on one side, all artists using a less blacky-black on the other.
But it was not over, and retaliation was in order. The bomb? The pinkest pink known to man and freely available to any artist except Kapoor. Created by Stuart Temple and a team of scientists around the world, PINK is almost fluorescent, reflecting so much light it, “almost glows,” says Temple. Anyone can buy it on culturehustle.com, but they will need to make a legal declaration during the online checkout process confirming that: “you are not Anish Kapoor, you are in no way affiliated to Anish Kapoor, you are not purchasing this item on behalf of Anish Kapoor or an associate of Anish Kapoor. To the best of your knowledge, information and belief this paint will not make its way into that hands of Anish Kapoor.”
Kapoor was dying to get his hands on PINK, but Temple wouldn’t share until Vantablack was freely available. Sadly for Temple, Kapoor doesn’t play by the rules, illegally acquiring PINK and posting a photo of a certain finger coated in the hyper-fluorescent material.
What else could that lead to but The World’s Most Glittery Glitter? Nicknamed Diamond Dust, this glittery substance is created from tiny flakes of glass as opposed to other glitter created from plastic. Guess who can’t have any?
“This super-glitter by Stuart Semple is available to everyone except Anish Kapoor! (who won’t share his black!).” – CultureHustle
The war rages on.
Update: CultureHustle has now added the World’s Greenest Green and the World’s Yellowest Yellow, both forbidden for use by Kapoor until he #sharesTheBlack.
Very sassy and classy, Anish.