On February 25th the exhibition “Richard Hambleton New York” premiered at the Armani Teatro in Milan, Italy. Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld and Andy Valmorbida decided to create this exhibition focusing on the elusive New York York artist, Richard Hambleton. The exhibit will feature 45 works, 15 of which have never been seen, by Hambledon.
Curator Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld believes “Richard Hambleton’s brush stroke as an artist is genius and is in a league of its own. Most significantly, he is the most important and influential living street artist in the world today, with a story and career that is unparalleled.” With the collaboration of Giorgio Armani the exhibition will be open to the public for two weeks, spanning from March 1st through March 12th of 2010 at the Armani Teatro in Milan.
Hambleton rose to fame in the early 1980’s for his arresting art work displayed on the walls of buildings throughout the streets of New York. He gained the most recognition from his series of paintings “Shadowman” and “Crime Scene”. As of recent he is fondly being referred to as “The Godfather of Street Art”.
Hambleton is the last surviving member of the East Village Art Movement and leads a relatively reclusive life in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He continues to create and his works can be seen at The MOMA, the Brooklyn Museum, The Houston Museum of Fine Art, The Andy Warhol Museum, The Austin Museum of Art, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, Harvard University, The Queens museum, The Check Point Charlie Museum and the Zellermeyer in Berlin.
Photography by Barbara Labate exclusively for XXXX Magazine