Shadowman UK PREMIERE (82mins) with Introduction by Carlo McCormick (US)
Tickets: £10; concessions £8
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In the 1980s, Richard Hambleton was the Shadowman, a specter in the night who painted hundreds of startling silhouettes on the walls of lower Manhattan and, along with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, sparked the modern street art movement.
Shadowman plunges the viewer into the chaotic life of a forgotten artist, from early fame as a painter and denizen of the Lower East Side, through his struggles with heroin, to his surprising comeback as street art exploded to become one of the most popular and lucrative art movements in the world.
Shadowman has received widespread critical acclaim since its release and was New York Times' Critic's Pick in November 2017.
About 'The Shadowman'
Richard Hambleton first made a name for himself with the conceptual shadow paintings that haunted New York’s streets. By the mid-‘80s, the world had discovered this extraordinary painter and he began selling canvases for high figures instead of painting on walls for nothing. At the height of his first commercial and critical success in the 80's, Hambleton was featured in LIFE magazine and acclaimed at the Venice Biennale. Seemingly uncomfortable with his own success, he alienated those around him, from art dealers to close friends. Critics revered him as a definitive American Pop-Expressionist artist but Hambleton was never embraced by the elite New York galleries. In the 1990s, succumbing to his addiction, he vanished from the gallery scene. Just as suddenly as he had appeared, Richard Hambleton disappeared, first on a tour in Europe, then in homeless squalor back in the Lower East Side.
In 2009 Hambleton suddenly resurfaced, supported by two young art dealers, Andy Valmorbida and Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, working with Giorgio Armani. He had been steadily working, his talent still intact after years underground. Hambleton started producing larger, more exciting pictures with the same demonic spirit and speed he’d demonstrated in the 1980s. There were shows, articles, dinners, worldwide fame, and money. But within a few years, he was catapulted back to his old life.
Shadowman is a trip down a rabbit hole into the mystifying, agonizing, exhilarating, and sometimes frightening world of a brilliant artist in the thrall of creation and addiction. It features rare footage of the 1980s music and art scene, bringing to the screen an indelible portrait of New York City from a lost, transformative time.
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