Shadowman – Richard Hambleton Publication

Photographs by Vera Isler and Thomas Christ New York/Basel 1980-84

Commonly known as "The Godfather of Street Art," Canadian artist Richard Hambleton (1952-2017) gained fame for his shadow figures that appeared on the walls of buildings in New York all over the United States. In 1984, Hambleton traveled to Europe five times and passed through 24 major cities to paint his figures in the shadow of the night, including Basel.


Balzer Projects, Artstübli - Urbane Art & Culture and the Estate of Vera Isler (Verein Blaue Blume) are pleased to present a publication on the artist to accompany the exhibition. Published for the first time and in a limited edition are photographs by Vera Isler (1931-2015) and Thomas Christ (*1953) taken in Basel and New York in the early 1980s. The photographs are accompanied by documentary texts by Thomas Christ, Kate Isler, and Isabel Balzer.

The book can be ordered directly online here (Switzerland/Germany)
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Publisher: Artstübli - Urban Art & Culture, Philipp Brogli
Verein Blaue Blume, Isabel Balzer (Balzer Projects)
Photographs: Vera Isler and Thomas Christ
Texts in German: Isabel Balzer and Thomas Christ
Editing: Lena Pflüger
Design: Hochzwei Design Studio, Severin Brunner

Hardcover, Thread stitching, 150 pages, Offset printing, Edition: 500 copies (limited 1st edition 2022), Produced and printed in Switzerland

© 2022 Artstübli - Urban Art & Culture / Verein Blaue Blume
ISBN 978-3-9524452-1-1


April 29, 2022