Manhattan's Art World Insiders

Phebe Wahl | November 30, 2017 | Feature Features

Manhattan's art scene is as powerful and provocative as the city itself. Here's a look at the artists and curators who are painting our city beautiful.
Benjamin Shine

MATERIAL WORLD
Artist Benjamin Shine’s mesmerizing tulle sculptures beautifully blend art and fashion.

“The works I create clash or jar with the physical realism to provide a surreal visual experience,” says London-born, New York-based artist Benjamin Shine. Known for his 3-D sculptures crafted from tulle and buzzy fashion collaborations, Shine studied fashion at the Surrey Institute and St. Martins. “Since then, I have continued to explore the potential of materials, especially tulle, to create pieces that aim to resonate on a visual and emotional level,” he says. Collaborations with Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy, John Galliano for Maison Margiela and Bergdorf Goodman often explore themes of exterior presentation and inner connection. Up next, Shine’s work will take shape both around the world (including an installation at 29Rooms in Los Angeles this month) and here in Manhattan with a soon-to-be-revealed major project. “New York has such an infectious energy—I find it ignites new ideas and pushes me to take much greater risks in my work,” Shine says.



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