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Stuart Semple is Winning the Art World Feud Over the Blackest Black.


Anish Kapoor’s Vantablack has a new rival—Stuart Semple has just released Black 2.0, an affordable super black pigment that anyone can use (except Kapoor).

As far as art feuds go, the fight between Anish Kapoor and Stuart Semple is unusual—the two British artists are feuding over a color. But, this isn’t just any color. It’s the blackest black in the world, a shade so dark that it absorbs almost all the light that hits it.

Dubbed Vantablack, the darkest color in the world absorbs 99.96% of the light hitting it, making any surface it’s coated with look like a totally flat black hole. Although Vantablack was developed with military uses in mind, Anish Kapoor acquired exclusive rights to it in 2016. Although he’s not the creator of Vantablack, nobody can use it but him.  Read more…

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