Briefing

Anish Kapoor buys the world's darkest colour and Iggy Pop becomes a life model: a round-up of the latest art news

    • Anish Kapoor has angered a number of artists by acquiring the exclusive rights to the world’s darkest pigment, Vantablack. The colour, which was developed for military use and absorbs 99.96% of light, was sold to the British artist by UK firm Surrey NanoSystems. Indian artist Shanti Panchal called Kapoor’s monopolizing of the colour ‘absurd’.
    • The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation have lifted copyright restrictions and adopted a policy of fair use that will see images of the late artist and his work become freely available for the purposes of ‘commentary, criticism, news reporting and scholarship’.
    • Gerhard Richter has criticized the proposed closure of Leverkusen’s Museum Morsbroich and the selling of its collection in an open letter to the city’s mayor. The museum, opened in 1951, holds works by the likes of Georg Baselitz, Yves Klein and Sigmar Polke.
    • The Chinese government has been monitoring FIREWALL, an installation in New York organised by American and Chinese activists and artists. Taking the form of a pop-up internet café, FIREWALL aims to demonstrate the extent of China’s online censorship.
    • Iggy Pop was the guest model for a life drawing class at the New York Academy of Art on Sunday. The session, was organized by Jeremy Deller and the Brooklyn Museum, where the group’s drawings will be exhibited later this year.

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