The exhibition features works by Canadian artist Richard Hambleton (1952-2017), commonly referred to as "The Godfather of Street Art."
Commonly known as "The Godfather of Street Art," Canadian artist Richard Hambleton (1952-2017) gained fame for his shadow figures that appeared overnight on the walls of buildings in New York and various cities in Europe. In a few seconds they appeared life-size with sweeping brushstrokes in urban space. The Shadowman left behind over 400 of them in Manhattan alone. In 1984, Hambleton traveled to Europe five times and passed through 24 major cities in the shadow of the night, including Basel. The reason for the trips was an invitation to participate in the Venice Biennale.
Artstübli - Urbane Kunst & Kultur and the Vera Isler Estate (Verein Blaue Blume) are pleased to present the documentary representation of the artist's "Shadow Men" in Basel. On display will be photographs by Vera Isler (1931-2015) and Thomas Christ (b. 1953) taken in Basel and New York in the early 1980s. Through Isler and Christ's photographs, not only the shadow figures but also the impressive atmosphere of the 1980s in New York and Basel are captured.
Artstübli is one of the first institutions in Europe to dedicate an exhibition to this cult figure and pioneer of urban art.
Opening: Friday, 08 April 2022, 5 - 9 p.m.
Finissage: Saturday, June 25, 2022, 2 - 6 pm
Book vernissage: Wednesday, April 27, 6 - 8 p.m.
Thomas Christ in conversation with Isabel Balzer: Friday, June 10, 6 p.m.
FilmScreenings "Shadowman" (2017) by Oren Jacoby: Friday, May 13 and Friday, June 24, 7 p.m.
Contributors and additional information:
Richard Hambleton, Vera Isler, Thomas Christ
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