​anish kapoor has the exclusive rights to the blackest paint in the world

I'll stop painting in black when they make a darker colour.

by Matthew Whitehouse
01 March 2016, 3:05pm

Sculptor Anish Kapoor has acquired the rights to the blackest paint on the planet -- and the rest of the art world isn't happy about it. Known as Vantablack, the paint was developed by British company NanoSystems to use on stealth jets and is said to absorb about 99.965% of light -- which is an awful lot of light to absorb, we're sure you'll agree. "It's blacker than anything you can imagine," the British-Indian artist told BBC Radio 4's Today programme back in September 2014. "It's so black you almost can't see it. It has a kind of unreal quality."

Whether or not Kapoor develops his own range of stealth artworks remains to be seen (he may have already done it). What is known however, is that the rest of the art world is fairly annoyed they won't get to use the stuff: "I've never heard of an artist monopolising a material," said painter Christian Furr, revealing himself to be no fan of the Blue Man Group. "We should be able to use it. It isn't right that it belongs to one man." That may be so, but we'd still love to see a trademark go out for Ryan Lo Pink.

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