Richard Art Hambleton Evicted from Orchard Street

Posted on: February 25th, 2013 at 10:49 am by

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The jet-black double-doors of 57 Orchard Street have but one stencil as evidence of occupancy. It reads, “This Gallery,” and was heretofore base of operations for Richard Art Hambleton, who many consider the godfather of modern street art. However, that arrangement seemingly concluded last week with the visit from the city Marshal’s office.

The two-story property remains on the chopping block as part of a package deal with the iconic Big Pink at the corner of Grand Street. According to the Massey Knakal listing [PDF], the artist’s lease on the cellar, ground, and second levels had been set to expire at the end of this year.

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Hambleton himself hails from Vancouver, and ran in the same creative circles as Keith Haring and Basquiat during the eighties. He is perhaps best known for “Image Mass Murder,” a street series in which crime scene chalkings were splashed with red paint in urban areas then deemed “low crime” (1976-1979).

[Photo: Photobucket]

[Photo: Photobucket]

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