Can Artist Claim monopoly ownership on Material?
In 2016, Anish Kapoor acquired the exclusive right to use the black pigment known as Ventablack. This material absorbs 99.96% of light, aka the blackest black of all. Many fellow artists resented that such absurdity was allowed in the creative world. Monopoly, really?
In response, artist Stuart Semple presented a witty and daring solution to represent their voice. He deiced to release a black pigment named Black 2.0 available to everyone after many trials and errors. What’s the catch? Anish Kapoor does not have access to it.
Of course, this pigment is not as black as Ventablack, however, it is “the world’s mattest, flattest, black art material.” Black 2.0 is the second blackest material on earth and smells like black cherry. There is no reason to drool over Anish Kapoor’s copyrighted pigment no more. Putting Black 2.0 on market is a brilliant dispute against narcissistic privileged artist’s deed.