Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld and Andy Valmorbida are proud to announce Richard Hambleton: A Retrospective, a survey of selected historical works from the legendary painter. Presented in collaboration with Giorgio Armani, the exhibition will be on show at Phillips de Pury & Company, located at 450 West 15th Street, New York City. The opening reception will take place on Friday, September 9, 2011, from 6 PM to 9 PM.
This exhibition will be the final installment of an international series curated by Roitfeld and Valmorbida in collaboration with Giorgio Armani, which has included solo shows in New York, Milan, Cannes, Moscow, and London. Richard Hambleton: A Retrospective will highlight 50 of Hambleton’s most influential works spanning from 1982 to the present, as well as twenty iconic images of the artist’s work chronicled by photographer Hank O’Neal. A new catalogue will accompany the exhibition, featuring an essay by Christian Viveros-Faune.
From his “Mass Murder” installations of the late 1970s, in which he secretly placed blood-splattered, chalk-body outlines throughout 15 cities, to his “Shadowman” series of the 1980s, where ominous, shadowy figures were painted in unexpected corners, alleys, and side streets, Richard Hambleton has permeated our collective consciousness with unforgettable images for over three decades. One of the only surviving members of a peer group that included Warhol, Basquiat, and Haring, Hambleton has been living a reclusive life in his Lower East Side studio for the past twenty years.
Despite a low public profile, Hambleton has continued to create and his works can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, The Houston Museum of Fine Art, The Check Point Charlie Museum and The Zellermeyer in Berlin, the Andy Warhol Museum, the Austin Museum of Art, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Queens Museum, and Harvard University. He was chosen for the Venice Biennale in 1984.