1stdibs and Todd Snyder Host Curated Collection of Paintings by Erik Benson With Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art
Collection to be displayed at Todd Snyder Madison Park during NYC Armory Week
NEW YORK, March 3, 2017 -- 1stdibs, the leading global marketplace for collectors and dealers of beautiful things, in partnership with Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art is pleased to announce a curated exhibition of paintings by Erik Benson will be hosted exclusively at Todd Snyder Madison Park for Armory Week. The art will be exhibited from March 3 through March 17.
An urban boutique meets gentleman's general store, the location offers Todd Snyder apparel alongside curated selections from partners including 1stdibs, a perfect location to exhibit paintings such as Playground (Ailanthus Altissima), Terminal, Stacks (Golden Tower) and Untitled (Study for Asian Beetle). The store also features a curated assortment of standout gifts, art and furniture on a rotating basis, available for a limited time for purchase.
"Standouts among the curated selection of art you'll find on 1stdibs are the multi-layered paintings of Erik Benson, who explores the ways in which nature and the urban landscape interact and expresses this dynamic in his own distinctive style," said Anthony Barzilay Freund, Director of Fine Art at 1stdibs. "Todd Snyder's elegant flagship store — filled with vintage furniture and, of course, his collection of modern-but-classic clothes and accessories — is the perfect location to showcase Benson's paintings."
"There are some similarities between Erik's story and mine and so I feel an affinity towards him. We're both midwestern boys interested in architecture and design who came east to develop our artistic sensibilities," said Snyder. "In Erik's case, that meant earning his MFA in painting at RISD in Providence, and then settling in Brooklyn. His art feels very New York to me: that tension between the built-up and natural environment. His is a name to watch and I'm proud to champion it by hosting his work in our flagship store."
The artist's unusual process helps his ideas and imagery find synchronicity. Benson explains that he "builds paintings" by pouring acrylic paint onto sheets of glass. Once the paint has solidified and has gained its desired elasticity, Benson cuts various shapes using an X-Acto knife. He then peels the cut shapes from the sheet of glass and, using a method of collage-as-painting, arranges them onto the painted canvas to create a larger composition. Collaged constructions create a relationship between the visual information and the processes -- constructed images of an imagined environment reflect the process of construction and building that mimic the subject matter.
To view the new collection visit Todd Snyder Madison Park at 25 Madison Square North, on 26th Street in Manhattan or browse Edward Tyler Nahem's digital gallery at 1stdibs.com. For more information on 1stdibs' partnership with Todd Snyder, visit https://www.1stdibs.com/collections/todd-snyder/.
1stdibs is the world's leading online marketplace for rare and desirable objects. Founded in 2001 to bring the Paris flea markets online, today the website is the go-to source for those who share a passion for the most beautiful things on earth. By bringing together the best furniture, fine art, jewelry, and watch dealers from more than 600 cities around the world, 1stdibs offers an exclusive inventory not available anywhere else online.
About Todd Snyder
Iowa native Todd Snyder launched his eponymous menswear collection for Fall 2011. Inspired by Savile Row craftsmanship, military tailoring, and a distinct New York sensibility, the line has garnered wide critical and commercial praise in the US. Since his launch, Todd Snyder has been selected as one of GQ Magazine's Best New Designers in America (2012) and has been nominated three times for the CFDA Swarovski Menswear Award (2012, 2013, 2014). Snyder was selected as one of the 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists and most recently nominated as a CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year, fashion's top honor. In 2015, American Eagle Outfitters, Inc acquired Todd Snyder and his premium collegiate apparel line, Tailgate. With four Tailgate stores opened across the country in 2016, Snyder now turns his attention to his New York based Todd Snyder store on Madison Square Park North.
About Erik Benson
Erik Benson received a BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. His first exhibition with the gallery in 2010, Detouring, opened to critical acclaim after popular showings at The Armory Show and Art Basel Miami Beach. Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art organized Erik Benson: All City in Madrid, in 2012, as well as Sleep Walking in 2013 and the most recent exhibition held in Autumn 2016, Stacks. Benson's work has been featured in many group exhibitions, including at Salon 94 and The Flag Art Foundation in New York City, the Neuberger Museum in Purchase, and the Mason Gallery at Rutgers University, among others. He participated in the Bronx Museum of Arts' Artist in the Marketplace program, and was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Painting Fellowship. Most recently, he was awarded the 2016 McKnight Foundation fellowship in painting, administered by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, designed to identify and support outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists. Benson lives and works in Minnesota.