Chase Contemporary is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of paintings and limited edition prints by pioneering urban conceptual artist Richard Hambleton. The exhibition will feature a selection of paintings from Hambleton’s Shadowman and Horse & Rider series, including early paintings from the 1980s through the late 2000s. Richard Hambleton: SHADOWMAN will run from October 31st through November 17th, 2019 at the gallery’s 521 W. 23rd st. location. A private preview will be held the evening of Thursday, October 24th, from 6-8pm. The public opening will be held on October 31st from 6-8pm.
The exhibition chronicles the development of Hambleton’s most iconic series of “Shadowmen” compositions, paired with his coveted “Horse & Rider (Marlboroman)” paintings that captured a contemporary spirit of the American west. In 1979, Hambleton moved permanently to the Lower East Side of New York. It was here that he gained notoriety for his figurative "Shadowman" paintings. Over the course of the next decade, his ominous silhouettes typically painted in unsuspecting corners, alleys, and side streets had appeared in over six hundred locations in major cities including New York City, London, Paris, as well as both sides of the Berlin Wall.
A departure from the spontaneity of the traditional street tag, Hambleton’s paintings were site-specific conceptual works intended to provoke unsuspecting pedestrians with a sobering moment of contemplation. Hambleton is widely considered to be the “godfather” of this type of expressionist street art.
Hambleton’s first solo exhibition opened in the Lower East Side of New York in 1982, and just two years later he was included in the Venice Biennale. He was included again at the Venice Biennale in 1988. In 2009, the works of Hambleton were displayed in an exhibition celebrating the artist’s 40-year career entitled, "Richard Hambleton - New York." The exhibition toured to multiple venues that included the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. "Shadowman," a film about the artist by director Oren Jacoby, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 21 2017 and opened to critical acclaim.
Five Shadow Figures, 2003
Acrylic on canvas
77.5 x 125"