Storm in a Paintpot?

This is from the i paper of 29 December:

The battle between artists Sir Anish Kapoor and Stuart Semple has stepped up a gear after Kapoor announced he had got his hands on a pink paint devised by his rival.

Kapoor, 62, has been banned by Semple, who asked buyers to make a legl declaration 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 any 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.” However, Kapoor has posted a photograph of he paint in his possession on Instagram with the caption “up yours”.

The argument began 2 years ago when Kapoor, a sculptor, bought exclusive rights to use one of the blackest shades of paint on the market, Vantablack, created y the tech company Nanosystems. It’s said to be the darkest black pigment you can buy, absorbing 99.96% of light.

Semple told i: “I’m not so much angry that he got it, I feel sorry for the bloke that he was so sad at being left out that he had to go to these lengths and involve people who frankly should know better.”

Semple, 36, wrote on his website when he put the £3.99 pots of the “world’s pinkest pink” on sale last month: “It’s cool, Anish can have his black. But the rest of us will be playing tag with the rainbow!”

Semple told i that Kapoor has “shot himself in the foot by being so petty. “He’s drawing more attention to the fact he’s not sharing his colours. He’s not content just to have the most awesome black in the world, he has to go around stealing other people’s colours, too. It’s up to him to finish it by doing the decent thing and giving us our pink back and sharing the black.”

Kapoor, who is yet to comment further, was born in Bombay,received a knighthood in 2013. His design for the Orbit spiral sculpture was chosen to feature in the Olympic Park for the 2012 Olympic Games.

I’m not wading into this argument, but I do wonder how important these colours are, especially with so much art going online when the colours become highly unpredictable. It seems to be a reminder of how petty disputes can escalate. Do these men need mediation or do they need to get out more?


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