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'Shadowman' raises questions about art as it looks at one helter-skelter life

'Shadowman' raises questions about art as it looks at one helter-skelter life

A journey from darkness to light and then into a twilight world, the documentary “Shadowman” unveils just how helter-skelter artist Richard Hambleton’s life proved to be until he died two months ago, at 65. An ’80s fixture alongside Basquiat and Keith Haring, the Canadian-born painter made his name with prankish, under-cover-of-night forays into unlit urban corners to create red-splattered pavement outlines à la crime scenes, and inky black, lurking graffiti figures on walls – a branding that earned him the “Shadowman” sobriquet. (Banksy cites Hambleton’s street art as inspiration.)

But drugs and an aversion to the Wall Street-ification of art and gallery success sent him...

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