What is the blackest name ever

A bizarre comparison of blacks has been shaking the art world for months.

It began with the British company Surrey Nanosystems developing the blackest black in the world, the darkest man-made substance of all: "Vantablack". Only black holes in space swallow more light.

Now this color cannot just be applied anywhere. It is a high-tech product for which one billion nano-particles per centimeter have to be arranged on a surface in such a way that the incident photons, the light particles, bounce back and forth between the nano-particles until they are absorbed as heat are. 99.96 percent of the light is then swallowed up. The human eye does not simply perceive black, but rather no light at all. It looks like the world has a hole in Vantablack spots. Objects lose their dimensions, their depth. Wired wrote: "You look at Vantablack, but nothing looks back at you."

A hashtag makes a career: #sharetheblack - share the black!

The color development was extremely expensive. And apart from the military and aerospace, there seemed to be hardly any applications. But then Surrey engineers developed another version of their Super Black that was easier to apply to surfaces. And artists who wanted to work with it got in touch. Above all the Indian-born British sculptor Anish Kapoor, who often works with light and color and creates monumental sculptures. Kapoor is one of the most successful artists in the world. In fact, the manufacturer gave him the rights to use the super black in art. And that exclusively.

And that is why the argument began. His 25-year-old colleague Stuart Semple, also a well-known artist, was so upset that he and his friends were denied Vantablack that he could turn pigments into an over-pink, an over-yellow, an over-blue and an over- GrĂ¼n, which he has since been selling very successfully through his online shop Culturehustle. He sells his colors with this addition: "When you order one of these products, you expressly certify that you are not Anish Kapoor, that you have no relationship with Anish Kapoor, that you are not using this product on behalf of Anish Kapoor or any of his employees To the best of your knowledge and belief, this product will never get into the hands of Anish Kapoor. " This was followed by the hashtag #sharetheblack - share the black!

Wired reports that Semple almost choked on orders, and that even his family had to help stir the pigments. The hashtag made a career, pictures of works of art made from Semple pigments were posted all over the internet. Also one with an extended middle finger dipped in Semple's over-pink. It belonged, of course, to Anish Kapoor.

So the dispute went into the next round. The comments under the picture posted on Instagram foamed, Kapoor has been silent since then. Semple now concentrated his anger on making his own black. Not a high-tech black like Vantablack, but one that - as he says - "is also perfectly fine", but is not subject to any license. Semple mailed it to his new, enthusiastic community with a request to make it even blacker.

And so the "Black 2.0" version has now emerged from this first DIY black, whose light-absorbing properties even approach the black holes of Vantablack. It's affordable and you wear it like any other color. Kapoor has now produced a limited watch edition in "his" black, for 114,000 euros each.

Surrey plans to introduce new versions of Vantablack in July. Semple says that because of the stressful events on the various black markets, he no longer had time to make art. That should and will change. So no reason to see black here.