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Soho art studio to host private cinema event celebrating ‘godfather of streetart’ Richard Hambleton

Soho art studio, Woodbury House, will host a private cinema event next month to celebrate the life of the ‘godfather of street art’, Richard Hambleton, four years on from his death.

The free event will take place on 29th October from 7:15pm until midnight at Soho’s Ham Yard Hotel.

Opening with welcome drinks and a canape reception, it will include a screening of the award-winning documentary ‘Shadowman’, which chronicles Hambleton’s career and extended decline through rare archival footage of New York’s underground art scene.

Following the screening, Guests will have the opportunity to listen to an exclusive ‘conversation’ between Woodbury House founder, Steven Sulley, and New York arts and cultural icon, Nemo Librizzi, where they will reflect on Hambleton’s life from 80s New York Street art scene to global renown.

The duo will also reveal a special announcement regarding Woodbury House and Richard Hambleton before the event will conclude with post-screening drinks.

A pioneering Canadian street artist, Richard Hambleton is best known for his grisly ‘Shadowmen’ and ‘Horse and Rider’ figures, which he tagged in alleyways and drug-dealing hotspots in Lower Manhattan throughout the 1970s and ’80s.

Despite finding early success in New York and showing at the Venice Biennale in 1984 and ’88, Hambleton was largely forgotten in the ’90s and early 2000s, when his personal battles with addiction alienated him from the art world. Hambleton’s work saw a resurgence in the 2010s, with solo shows, major museum retrospectives, and documentaries taking a new look at the seminal role he played in the history of street art.


Speaking ahead of the event, Joseph Bannan, partner of Woodbury House, said: “Richard Hambleton has played a pivotal role as a pioneer of street art, a movement that continues to grow in significance within the art collectors’ world, and in recent years his market has compounded and amplified.

“Therefore, we are very excited to welcome guests to enjoy a private screening of Shadowman and to hear an exclusive announcement from Woodbury House in collaboration with the Richard Hambleton foundation.

“Tickets for the intimate event are limited, so we’d urge anyone keen to attend to reserve their space as soon as possible.”

In 2014 Woodbury House became the first UK representative to work with the Richard Hambleton archive. It is now the archive’s key distributor and adviser.

For more information and to reserve tickets for the private cinema eventvisit:

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