UPDATE: Artist Stuart Semple’s PINK saga continues. As a reminder, this is the ‘world's pinkest pink’ and a dig to Artist Anish Kapoor. Semple legally barred Kapoor from obtaining the pigment, in retaliation to Kapoor not sharing Vantablack, claimed as the world's ‘blackest black’ material. Anish Kapoor has responded. Here is a rundown of the following petty party.
December 20th Kapoor on Instagram
“Up yours #pink”
Semple on Instagram: Diamond Dust “The world's most glittery glitter” is announced. Reportedly 98.8% clear, it is comprised of actual flakes of glass. Developed with an industrial chemical company for artist use, it is new to the art world. Semple’s Shop culturehustle has this to say: “Unlike normal diamond dust, Stuart's 'super-shards' are larger and in random, irregular shapes meaning they reflect more light from more angles.”
Naturally, it is not available to Kapoor, nor could he stick his finger in it if he tried.
December 29th Semple on Facebook:
“100 lines! 'I will be good... I will share my colours' #sharetheblack”
Semple posts a video on facebook picturing a hand writing this sentiment over and over on a chalkboard, grade-school style. His humor lightens and adds comedy to this ridiculous series of events. Let's keep in mind that these are two world renowned artists, well into their careers and professional lives.
Semple releases YELLOW and GREEN released on culturehustle.
January 4th Semple on Twitter:
“And the NARC IS: @Lisson_Gallery OH MY DAYS!!!!”
With corresponding unconfirmed snapchat
Find Semple’s letter here
It is unclear how Semple discovered that the Lisson was to blame for the breach of contract. However he fires back with the assertion that in doing so have breached culture hustles terms of service unlawfully. The Lisson Gallery has not responded. Introducing themselves on their website; “Founded in 1967, Lisson Gallery is one of the most influential contemporary art galleries in the world, showing 45 innovative and international artists.”, they are located in London, Milan, and New York.
On the bottom of their contact page, they also state: “In solidarity with the gallery's artists and our friends and colleagues at various arts organizations, Lisson Gallery New York will be closed on 20 January, the U.S. Presidential Inauguration Day. We join in this act of non-compliance as part of #J20ARTSTRIKE.” Seems that Lisson is not afraid to speak and act their minds.
It produced some great headlines and commentary:
Can’t touch this! Anish Kapoor Barred from purchasing the pinkest pink - Mojarto
This bizzare fight between two artists couldn’t get more colourful - Hindustan Times
Anish Kapoor Instagrams Surly Holiday Message to the Artist Who’s Trolling Him - artnet News
I’m not exaggerating when I say that this is the most entertaining thing to happen in the art world this century -Roselyne Grieve of The Triangle, A Drexel University Independent, this article also appearing on Semples Facebook page, perhaps due to the scientific content and the author's assertion that he should relate more of this information.
SO, where exactly does this land us? With no response from the gallery as of yet, the waters are calming, with all ears are open of course .The pinkest pink is currently sold out, and will be shipping out on the 21st from Amazon UK. The glitter, green and yellow pigments are all in stock. So friends, I have naturally ordered these pigments and plan on seeing if all the hullaballoo is worth it. Stay tuned!
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