To the wrath of his fellow artists, Anish Kapoor confirmed last week that he has gained the exclusive rights to Vantablack, the blackest shade of black ever made.
Known as ‘Vantablack,’ the carbon-based substance is so dark that it absorbs 99.96 percent of light. The colour is produced by the UK firm Surrey NanoSystems and was developed for military purposes such as the painting of stealth jets.
Last evening I attended the private view for Anish Kapoor‘s new solo show at Lisson Gallery. Expecting to see mostly sculpture, I was immediately drawn in by the deep red and white, immensely textured paintings that lined the walls.
“I think I am a painter who is a sculptor,” the Turner Prize winner told Art Monthly in a May 1990 interview, “For me the two things have somehow come together, so that I am making physical things that are all about somewhere else, about illusory space.”