Thursday, April 6, 2017

Vantablack vs. Black 2.0 is the Latest in Hilarious Artist Feud Over the "Blackest Black"

Message from banned artist Anish Kapoor, using PINK
Vantablack is a newly announced black hue created by attaching black nanotubes via copolymers in an industrial process that produces an ultra-black, ultra-matte color akin to staring into a black hole. It was immediately licensed for exclusive use by artist Anish Kapoor.  In reaction, artist Stewart Semple first created a superpigmented color called "pinkest pink" with a barbed message for Kapoor, and then a "blackest black available to artists" that specifically is licensed to everyone in the world except for Kapoor.  The blackest black battle is turning snippy and hilarious, and the innocent bystanders of the world can merely tune in and laugh.

Here's a glimpse of the Vantablack hue that started the kerfuffle:



Hunter Communications Original News Source:
Artnet

Link to Article:
Vantablack vs. Black 2.0: Which Is the Superblack for You?

Excerpt: " Another shot has been fired in the war over Vantablack, the world’s blackest material. Artist Stuart Semple is taking aim yet again at Anish Kapoor, who infamously secured the exclusive rights for the artistic use of Vantablack. Semple has just released Black 2.0, billed as 'the world’s mattest, flattest, black art material.'

'With just one coat almost any object (even really shiny ones) become super-black and reflect next to no light, giving a Vantastic black hole type effect,' notes the product description, which does include one important disclaimer (and pot shot at Kapoor): 'this is not the blackest black in the world. It is however a better black than the blackest black in the world, as it is actually usable by artists.'

Previously, Semple has released Diamond Dust, the world’s most-glittery glitter, and a powdered acrylic pigment dubbed the Pinkest Pink. Despite being banned from using it, Kapoor managed to get his hands on the latter, and sent Semple an Instagram message as proof, provocatively extending a middle finger that he had dipped in the vibrant pigment.

You can also buy the Pinkest Pink in a four-pack set with Yellowest Yellow, Greenest Green, and Loveliest Blue. Semple has included, in the purchase agreement for all of these items, a clause prohibiting their purchase or use by Kapoor, as he did with Diamond Dust and Black 2.0:

'By adding this product to your cart you confirm 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 it’s [sic] way into the hands of Anish Kapoor. '
Sample's Black 2.0 in action

Black 2.0 is currently on back order due to 'huge unexpected demand,' and is already making a splash on Reddit’s MildlyInteresting forum, where one astonished user described another’s photo of a Black 2.0–painted ping-pong ball as 'a portable hole.'"