BLACKER than BLACK, Anish Kapoor



“I’ve never heard of an artist monopolising a material,” artist Christian Furr told the Daily Mail.



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Wasn’t too long ago artist Anish Kapoor won the right for exclusively using the material, Vantablack. What is Vantablack? Its a pigment build by British company Surrey NanoSystems to help banish stray light in satellites and telescopes. Vantablack absorbs 99.965% of light (750nm wavelength),“It’s literally as if you could disappear into it.” Kapoor says.

Anish Kapoor saw the potential in the material with his work, and had been working with it since 2014.  But when Kapoor won exclusive rights to the material in February, it certainly raised a lot of eyebrows and jaw drops. “I’ve never heard of an artist monopolising a material,” artist Christian Furr told the Daily Mail. So.. is it “okay” to be able to exclusively use a material? Is it fair? Is this what the Art world about?

Kapoor defended his exclusive use of the material: “Why exclusive? Because it’s a collaboration, because I am wanting to push them to a certain use for it. I’ve collaborated with people who make things out of stainless steel for years and that’s exclusive.”

For us, it really opens up some questions, what else can we earn the rights to exclusively use?..

For information on Vantablack:

6 Facts About Vantablack


Author: Our.momentum

Simplicity. Ordinary. Art. Design. Photography

One thought

  1. the fact that this is a weird nano material makes it easier for there to be an exclusive license. i dont think such a thing could work on say, wool.

    in other words, this shouldnt be an invitation to “ip” lawyers, unless theyre working for nanotech companies with new materials currently under patent. then its sort of redundant to say they have control over who uses it and how– thats more or less what a patent is.


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