British Artist Will Sell His New Paints to Everyone But His Nemesis

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Courtesy Stuart Semple / CultureHustle.com

British artist Stuart Semple just came out with a dazzling pair of new paints that change color when they're heated up. And anyone can buy them for $27 to $31 apiece ... as long as you’re not Semple’s fellow artist Anish Kapoor. Thanks to a protracted battle over the use of a very special black color, Kapoor is legally forbidden from buying the paint, according to Vice.

The move is only the latest battlefront in a year-long war between Semple and Kapoor over the rights of artists to monopolize certain colors.

In February 2016, Kapoor earned the ire of essentially the whole art world by buying the exclusive rights to Vantablack, known as the blackest black ever created. Keeping a complete monopoly on a new color was derided as selfish and immoral by Kapoor’s critics. Artist Stuart Semple was one of those outraged critics, and he has since retaliated in kind, developing multiple paints that he has forbidden Kapoor from using.

First, in November 2016, Semple created what he called “the world’s pinkest pink,” selling it on his website for dirt cheap—as long as buyers certified that they were not Anish Kapoor “who won’t share his black!,” as the website states. Then he created “the world’s most glittery glitter,” a super-sparkly glitter made from high-grade glass shards. To Semple’s dismay, Kapoor did get his hands on the world’s pinkest pink through the London gallery that represents him, giving the feud new fuel in the form of an Instagram of Kapoor’s middle finger covered in uber-pink paint powder.

And then came Black 2.0, Semple’s attempt to create an extremely dark black that would actually be available to artists, unlike Vantablack. That, too, is sold under the agreement that the purchaser is not Kapoor.

Now, Semple has come out with yet more awesome-looking paints that Kapoor is banned from using, which he says is a response to news reports that Kapoor’s studio extension in London will block out his neighbors’ natural light. Shift and Phaze are color-changing paints that respond to heat. Shift transforms from Black 2.0 to a rainbow color, and Phaze transforms from a color called Purple Haze to Pinkest Pink.

Like basically everything on his site, Semple’s latest products come with this addendum in his online store:

"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 material will not make its way into the hands of Anish Kapoor."

Even if Kapoor wasn’t planning on painting anything a transforming purple-pink, he probably wants to get his hands on this color. Both Phaze and Shift are incredibly fun to watch in action. If anything, this feud is only inspiring Semple to reach more creative heights. Regular artists may not be able to use Vantablack, but at least they’ve got some extremely fun alternatives.

[h/t Vice]

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This 10-Year-Old Is Sending Art Supplies to Hundreds of Kids in Homeless Shelters and Foster Homes

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She may be stuck at home, but Chelsea Phaire has found a way to connect with hundreds of kids during the COVID-19 pandemic. As CNN reports, the 10-year-old from Danbury, Connecticut, has used her time in isolation to send 1500 art project packs to kids in foster homes and homeless shelters.

Phaire had been interested in starting a charity from a young age, and on her birthday in August 2019, she launched Chelsea's Charity with help from her parents. Instead of birthday gifts, Chelsea asked for art supplies, and all the items she received went to a homeless shelter in New York. The Phaires have since set up a wishlist on Amazon, so anyone can donate supplies for the art kits. One pack includes crayons, paper, markers, gel pens, coloring books, and colored pencils.

In recent months, Phaire's mission to provide resources to underserved kids has become more vital than ever. Schools around the country have closed to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, which means kids have less access to art supplies than they did before. Young people may also be dealing with increased stress and boredom from being isolated inside. By sharing art kits, Phaire hopes to give them a healthy outlet for their struggles.

Chelsea's Charity has donated more than 1500 kits to schools, shelters, and foster homes since stay-at-home orders rolled out in March, which is more than was donated in the initiative's first five months. COVID-19 has forced Phaire to do some things differently: While she would normally get to meet many of the people she helps in person, she now sends all her donations by mail. Until it's safe to travel again, she's staying connected to kids through social media, as you can see in the video below.

[h/t CNN]