What do you get when you cross two maverick gallerists, one insanely influential fashion designer and the life's work of one of this generation's most venerated artists? An exhibition that's probably worth a look, that's what.
Richard Hambleton. It's a name uttered alongside the likes of Keith Haring, Blek le Rat and Jean-Michel Basquiat. A key exponent of the New York scene back in the 80s - and one of Banksy's biggest influences - his work is known for its courageous brush strokes and street art sensibilities.
Now, thanks to two of the art world's newest (and best-connected) curators, Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld and Andy Valmorbida, 45 of Hambleton's works are to be shown in Central London's The Old Dairy, 25 of which have never before been shown at the institution.
Giorgio Armani, the exhibition's sponsor and supporter, said of Hambleton's work "Richard’s work is of the streets, and for me stands as a reminder that art in all its forms is first and foremost driven by individual passion and creativity". Big words from the big man, so get down to The Old Dairy rapidamente.
The Richard Hambleton Exhibition is open to the public November 19 to December 3, 2010 Monday – Friday from 10am to 7pm at The Dairy, 7 Wakefield Street, London WC1
Words by Teo van den Broeke