New York

Richard Hambleton

Alexander F. Milliken Gallery

I’ve tended to like Richard Hambleton’s street works when I’ve encountered them around town. His life-sized photo silhouettes picturing the artist in an insouciant attitude of repose were pasted on construction walls and vacant buildings uptown; the images were silly and trendy and right for where they happened to be. More recently Hambleton’s painted black shadow figures bloomed all over Soho and points east. Executed so that a halo of splatter lent an expressionistic non-edge to the figure, Hambleton’s shadows were a little creepier than their photo precedents. Their positioning tended to favor locations that would, in reality, suggest the possibility of assault. Their potential for menace was, however, in many cases sweetly undercut by the additional rendering of the goofy wire antennae that were briefly a tourist staple.

One funny aspect of Hambleton’s assault on public space is the

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