Two Artists Are in a Serious Paint Fight Right Now

One hoarded the world's blackest black, so the other created the pinkest pink
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2016 4:13 PM CST
Two Artists Are in a Serious Paint Fight Right Now
Stuart Semple's pinkest pink is revenge against another artist for hoarding the world's blackest black.   (Culture Hustle)

(Newser) – Paint fight! We got a paint fight, everybody! It started earlier this year when artist Anish Kapoor bought the rights to the world's blackest black, the Creators Project reports. That means Kapoor is the only artist in the world allowed to paint with a black that was created with nano technology for military purposes and absorbs 99.96% of all light. Obviously, that didn't sit well with other artists. One, Stuart Semple, just got his payback. Semple's website is now selling what he believes is the world's pinkest pink. Anyone with $5 to spare can get a jar—provided they aren't Anish Kapoor. "Anish can have his black," ArtsHub quotes Semple as saying in a statement. "But the rest of us will be playing with the rainbow!"

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A disclaimer on Semple's website reads: "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 its way into the hands of Anish Kapoor." Semple tells the Creators Project it "seemed really mean-spirited" of Kapoor to hoard the world's blackest black for himself. There's some symbolism in Semple's new color, which he says is "the best one I've got." All that light that Kapoor's black absorbs is reflected by Semple's fluorescent pink. (This artist is taking strangers' tattooed secrets to his grave.)

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