Drama In The Art World

Alternatively Titled: Two Incredibly Famous, Incredibly Petty Artists Fight Over Paint Colors

This all started with a guy named Anish Kapoor and a paint called Vantablack. Kapoor is a British-Indian modern art superstar known for his incredibly pigmented abstract works, and Vantablack is the world’s blackest black pigment, which was developed for stealth military use.


Vantablack painted over crumpled tinfoil. image source

Somehow, Kapoor gained exclusive artistic rights to Vantablack from the maker, Surrey NanoSystems, sparking outrage from other artists. To strike back at Kapoor, artist Stuart Semple created the world’s pinkest pink paint and banned only Kapoor from using it.

“This ultra-bright paint by Stuart Semple is available to everyone except Anish Kapoor! (who won’t share his black!).”- An exerpt from the product description in Semple’s website.

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Recently, Semple has developed what he calls “the world’s most glittery glitter”, going by the name Diamond Dust, and, again, everyone can buy it except Kapoor. All of this just goes to show that just like human ingenuity, human pettiness knows no bounds.

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