Richard Hambleton: Conversations with Art History

Richard Hambleton: Conversations with Art History
Richard Hambleton, Austrian Shadow Man, 1998

Richard Hambleton: Conversations with Art History
January 27th – March 2nd, 2024
ACA Galleries
529 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011

ACA Galleries presents Richard Hambleton: Conversations with Art History, an exhibition that will recontextualize his famed street art practice.

Richard Hambleton: Conversations with Art History aims to reevaluate Hambleton’s artistic heritage by placing his creations in the wider context of the Abstract Expressionist movement, which served as his inspiration. The exhibition will feature a collection of Hambleton’s paintings and works on paper, exhibited alongside pieces from prominent Abstract Expressionist artists such as Franz Kline, Theodoros Stamos, and Ad Reinhardt.

Richard Hambleton: Conversations with Art History
Richard Hambleton, Horse and rider blue stripe, 2003
Image courtesy of ACA galleries

Richard Hambleton (1954-2017), a Canadian artist often referred to as the “Godfather of Street Art,” was a trailblazer in the street art movement of the 1980s. Originating from Vancouver, he achieved international acclaim for his mysterious “Shadowman” series, marked by haunting painted figures on numerous city walls throughout Manhattan during the peak of the 80s street art era. His artwork has been displayed globally, including two appearances at the Venice Biennale, and he famously painted his Shadow men on the Berlin Wall.

Richard Hambleton: Conversations with Art History
Richard Hambleton, Shadow figure gold, 2014
Image courtesy of ACA galleries

Despite the significant impact of Hambleton’s art on subsequent generations of artists, this exhibition is the first to explore his work in relation to art history. It highlights how Hambleton skillfully blended the expressive brushwork and bold lines of Abstract Expressionism into a distinct style that was uniquely his.

Richard Hambleton: Conversations with Art History opens on January 27th until March 2nd, 2024 at ACA Galleries

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