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Artist Anish Kapoor Acquires Exclusive Rights to Use Vantablack, the Darkest Pigment Imaginable

“Blacker-than-black.”

You may know artist Anish Kapoor for works like Chicago’s Cloud Gate or his Descension installation at the Chateau de Versailles, but the British artist’s next project might be a little more low key. So low key, in fact, that you might not be able to see it properly. Kapoor now holds the exclusive rights to the world’s darkest material, Vantablack, which absorbs upwards of 99% of all visible light radiation. The abyssal effect of the material has been likened to black holes, and its practical uses include the disguising of stealth jets and satellites. After expressing an initial interest in the material’s disorientating properties, Kapoor has gone ahead and cornered the market on the use of the “blacker-than-black” paint for future projects that are sure to confuse and amaze in equal measure.

Naturally, Kapoor’s monopolization of the material has been met with derision and criticism from the art world at large — artists and creatives have always had a soft spot for the purest of blacks — and his affinity for lawsuits promises to make the use of Vantablack a contentious issue for the foreseeable future.

For more information on Vantablack, watch the video below.

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