A Tale of Two Artists Feuding Fiercely Over Pink and Glitter
Artists Anish Kapoor and Stuart Semple have been fighting for months over intensely-colored art supplies, particularly black, pink and glitter. Their spat has reached heights of pettiness that most of us can only dream of, and this art feud is so amazing that we can’t help but wonder if it’s some kind of performance art.
The Blackest Black
It all began last year, when British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor infuriated the art world by claiming exclusive rights to use the world’s darkest shade of black.
How can an artist call dibs on a color? It’s because the pigment, Vantablack, is not just ordinary paint. It’s a unique chemical substance made of carbon nanotubes. Vantablack is trademarked and owned by Surrey NanoSystems Limited. Anyone who uses the Vantablack name in their products needs written permission from the company. Even using the pigment requires a special high-tech process; you can’t just dip a paintbrush in it.
Evidently, Kapoor got the exclusive rights to use Vantablack. And Kapoor is pretty lawsuit-happy, so anyone who tries to defy him and paint with Vantablack risks a trip to court.
Naturally, other artists really wanted to use Vantablack. They were pissed at Kapoor’s claim, and at Kapoor’s long history of obnoxious behavior.
But one artist, Stuart Semple, decided to take revenge in a gloriously petty way.
The Pinkest Pink
In retaliation for Kapoor’s total dick move, Semple created Pinkest Pink, which is exactly what it sounds like: a new, ultra-intense shade of pink. He put it up for sale to anyone on Earth except Anish Kapoor.
Here’s what it says on the order page for Pinkest Pink:
This ultra-bright paint by Stuart Semple is available to everyone except Anish Kapoor! (Who won’t share his black!)
*Note: By adding this product to your cart you confirm 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 an associate of Anish Kapoor. To the best of your knowledge, information and belief this paint will not make it’s [sic] way into the hands of Anish Kapoor.
The Middlest Finger
But Semple’s triumph did not last long. Soon afterward, Kapoor posted a picture of his raised middle finger coated in Pinkest Pink with the caption “up yours.”