Published On: Sat, Mar 5th, 2016

 British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor now owns the rights to the darkest pigment in existence, a fact that has sparked outrage among artists worldwide

vantablack Black Anish Kapur


Tech company Surrey NanoSystems created the paint, dubbed Vantablack, the blackest substance on Earth, with military applications in mind.  The compound is so black that it absorbs 99.965% of visible light and 99.85% of visible radiation, fooling the eye into seeing a crumpled aluminium foil spread with vantablack as a smooth, black surface. The implementation of Vantablack is more fields than arts.

But in the art field Kapoor has been working with the pigment for the last two years, which he has described as “so black you almost can’t see it.”




Now the company has lent exclusive rights of usage to Kapoor Studios UK, restricted to experimental implementation in the field of art. This decision, however, has not been accepted well by the arts community.

Several artists have spoken out against an artist monopolizing a material. Some wondered if this decision may be a clever marketing move on behalf of Surrey NanoSystems. This isn’t the first time that an artist has secured exclusive rights to a shade—in 1960, Yves Klein patented his famous blue. (via artnet News)

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