– Bob Bahr reporting, Editor PleinAir Today –

There’s a paint, a “material,” that an artist patented, and no one else is allowed to use it.

Lead Image: Vantablack grown on aluminum foil. Photo by Surrey NanoSystems

Anish Kapoor bought the exclusive rights to Vantablack, the blackest black available to artists. (Feel free to insert a “Spinal Tap” joke here, if you are of a certain age.)

Surrey NanoSystems created it, and Kapoor is the only person allowed to use it in art. He is reportedly of a litigious nature, too. The substance is “grown,” and forms vertical nanotubes, and it absorbs 99.965 percent of the light that hits it.


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