Anish Kapoor banned from using world's pinkest pink in retaliation for hoarding the blackest black

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It’s totally unsurprising that a pigment that requires esoteric carbon nanontube witchcraft wouldn’t…exactly…be next to the crayons at the local crafts shop; but ‘exclusive painting rights’ just seems like a gratuitous dick move.


If i remember the article i had read a while back about Vanta Black it’s pretty unsuitable as a paint because it hinges upon the carbon nanotube structure and it would not handle weathering. Right now it’s used for scientific research and has some potential industrial uses but as far as i know hasn’t had any real world applications yet.


I consider that research to be art.

Let the lawsuits begin.


The more a paint reflects light the more fluorescent it becomes…

This is not true.


Untrue, Kapoor covered his Cloud Gate (aka The Bean) sculpture with Vantablack earlier this year. It’s unclear though as to its stability.


Funny how that story just took off at the very beginning of April.

And now, this:


Thanks for the debunking, double fuck Anish Kapoor now!


When this is sorted out, someone needs to paint something withn Stuart Semple’s pink, Vantablack and International Klein Blue.


Now that’s a color!


That’s the Blue Man Group color. Somehow I don’t think we are going to see something similar with Vantablack.


I was aware that some artists had requested the lab that produced it for enough of the material to make some installations with it. Probably Kapoor is one of the ones i had read about, but i’d say that an art installation is well protected as it’s not meant to see any wear and tear or be outside and exposed to the elements and dirt.

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Can somebody make some truest cadmium yellow medium for me please? I promise to share.


I’m sure the asbestos-like qualities of carbon nanotubes will dissuade even the most racist of people.


When artists get so big, they need PR firms to drum up a fake news stories about their artwork, maybe it’s time to seek out some new artists. Full disclosure: I have enjoyed Kapoor’s sculpture in the past, and I am merely speculating about his publicity needs, but my sentiment is mainly metaphorical. I also dislike whenever I see Damien Hirst in the news, but I’m fairly OK with Christo. When it comes to contemporary art, I know what I like, and that’s that.


I have no idea about the blackest-black story, but the Millennium Park sculpture thing doesn’t seem quite as clear-cut that Kapoor is evil.

Your link links back to this article, which in turn had an update a few days later:

The real reason for the city’s shakedown is that the city has exclusive licensing rights for selling images of Millennium Park.

Apparently, the city does not want to endure competition from entrepreneurs who may go and photograph Millennium Park enhancements and place the images on postcards, t-shirts, etc… Some use of public space, huh?

So @doctorow it doesn’t look like Kapoor was behind the banning of photography there.


Not too familiar with all the parties, but I’m pretty sure the term First World Problem was coined far cases such as this…


I live here and go by The Bean regularly. No, it wasn’t painted black in April. This is a lie.


There is the requirement to apply and pay for a permit if one wishes to do a commercial photo shoot there.

Otherwise, there is no ban on photography anywhere near The Bean. Thousands of people do it every day.



From Vantablack’s website:

Can I use Vantablack in Art?
Vantablack is generally not suitable for use in art due to the way in-which it’s made. Vantablack S-VIS also requires specialist application to achieve its aesthetic effect. In addition, the coating’s performance beyond the visible spectrum results in it being classified as a dual-use material that is subject to UK Export Control. We have therefore chosen to license Vantablack S-VIS exclusively to Kapoor Studios UK to explore its use in works of art. This exclusive licence limits the coating’s use in the field of art, but does not extend to any other sectors.

I went to an Anish Kapoor exhibition a couple of years ago, and liked one of the pieces that looked like this:

At first sight it looked like a black rectangle stuck onto a pillar. However, although the black was utterly featureless, I realised that it was a rectangular hole whose interior was painted an utter black. I couldn’t see anything of the size, shape or texture of the interior, even when I put my face right up to it. That was weird: being close enough to breathe on it, while being unable to see anything about it at all. I wanted to touch it, but wasn’t allowed.