COLOURS (C1 Module)

7. Throwing Shade…

a. Let’s hear more from Stuart Semple. Watch the clip below, then discuss:

  • Why did he ban Anish Kapoor from using his pink paint?
  • How does Stuart describe Anish Kapoor and his actions?

b. Discuss:

  • What do you think of this story?
  • How do you think Anish Kapoor reacted?

c. (Your teacher will give you worksheet 7c, which covers vocabulary, interaction, and a follow-up speaking task.)

Acknowledgements and Further Information

The music clips for page 1 are from the 1978 album Colours, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Vic Lewis. The album is available as a CD from Dutton Vocalion. You can follow the link to see the complete list of composers represented. Dutton told me, via email, that they do not know who owns the copyright to this recording.

The embedded videos in this lesson are from the channels of Vox, Tom Scott, and Stuart Semple.

To see a more detailed representation of Berlin and Kay’s work, why not start with the Wikipedia article on their 1969 book?

For more up-to-date information on the black paint controversy and Stuart Semple’s art materials, either check out his (very entertaining) Youtube channel, or try this article by Truman Chambers on the later developments in the saga.

Another interesting article that’s somewhat related is this one, from ‘The Hustle’, about corporations laying claim to particular colours. A fair defence of intellectual property, or an outrage? You decide!

The main photo is from Ylanite Koppens, via Pexels.

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