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Richard Hambleton + Malcolm McLaren = Witches x The Shadow Man

Malcolm McLaren posing on the streets of NYC. April 1983. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: websitemail01@aol.com phone: 212-691-0391

//Malcolm McLaren and Andrea Linz with a Hambleton Shadow Man in the West Village, NYC, April 1983. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com. Please contact Bob Gruen’s studio to purchase a print or license this photo. Email: websitemail01@aol.com Phone: + 212-691-0391//

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//Witches Shadow Man skirt, 1983. Malcolm McLaren, Vivienne Westwood and Richard Hambleton. This image (c) www.paulgormanis.com//

An under-acknowledged art world connection forged by Malcolm McLaren during his fashion design partnership with Vivienne Westwood was to the godfather of street art, conceptual artist Richard Hambleton.

During his forays in New York in the early 80s, McLaren was struck by Hambleton’s eerie representations of The Shadow Man figure; there was one on a wall in Bethune Street in the West Village, near the studio of McLaren’s photographer friend and ally Bob Gruen.

Malcolm McLaren on the streets of NYC. April 1983. © Bob Gruen / www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: websitemail01@aol.com phone: 212-691-0391

//McLaren, Linz and Shadow Man, April 1983. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com
Please contact Bob Gruen’s studio to purchase a print or license this photo. Email: websitemail01@aol.com Phone: 212-691-0391//

“Like me, Malcolm loved The Shadow Man,” Gruen told me in 2013. “When Malcolm came for a session to promote Duck Rock in the spring of 1983 we dropped down to the street below and got some shots of him and his girlfriend Andrea (Linz) posing with it.”

Both McLaren and Linz were decked out in clothes from the Witches collection, which had been just been shown in Europe.

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//Witches Shadow Man skirt, 1983. Malcolm McLaren, Vivienne Westwood and Richard Hambleton. This image (c) www.paulgormanis.com//

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//Witches apron dress, 1983. Malcolm McLaren, Vivienne Westwood and Keith Haring. This image (c) www.paulgormanis.com//

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//Detail of Haring graphic on Witches apron dress. This image (c) www.paulgormanis.com//

And, in recognition of Hambleton’s importance, a jersey skirt with roll top and piping from Witches featured a Shadow Man, just as other Witches garments carried designs commissioned by McLaren and his art director Nick Egan from Keith Haring, who, of course, also contributed to the Duck Rock cover.

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//Witches Shadow Man skirt detail. (c) www.paulgormanis.com//

Richard-Hambleton

//East Village, NYC, 1982. Photo (c) Hank O’Neal//

The above photograph is from the archive of Hank O’Neal, whose special projects include cataloguing the Shadow Men as they appeared on the Manhattan streets in 1981-2. He and Hambleton have subsequently exhibited together.

Visit O’Neal’s website page dedicated to The Shadow Man here.

Richard Hambleton is represented by Woodward Gallery.

Visit Bob Gruen’s website here.

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One Response to “Richard Hambleton + Malcolm McLaren = Witches x The Shadow Man”


  1. DAVID ALLEN
    on Apr 17th, 2017
    @ 10:03 am

    last photo is Lafayette and Broome, more SoHo than EV, now NoLita. A particular locus for RH.

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