Last Wednesday, Jan. 16, we were invited to the pocket-lunch press conference of Art Fair Philippines 2013 which aims to be the first gathering and celebration of the multifaceted style of Filipino artists organized by Philippine Art Events Inc., where spotlight is turned on to the best and most distinct examples of Philippine Contemporary Art.
The Art Fair Philippines exhibit to open this February in Makati will be held at the 6th Level, The Link Car Parkway Drive between Makati Shangri-La Hotel and Landmark Shopping Center from Thursday (Feb. 7) to Sunday (Feb. 10) in partnership with Ayala Land’s Urban Art Project “Make It Happen, Make It Makati” campaign, which aims to give the people of Makati a unique art experience. There will also be art installations in various areas of the city, including some unexpected commercial and financial establishments, in celebration of National Arts Month.
From February 7 to 10, the spotlight will be turned on to the best and most distinct examples of Philippine Contemporary Art, as well as promote Philippine visual art both locally and abroad. Participants to this exhibition are 24 of the most forward-thinking galleries and art groups. They shall present a series of specially-curated shows. The exhibition area will be filled with stunning pieces from the roster of artists each gallery represents.
CANVAS will work with six artists, including Elmer Borlongan, Emmanuel Garibay and Don Salubayba, on the theme “Looking for Juan in Basketball,” while Tin-Aw Gallery will mount a solo show by Mark Justiniani. Other major galleries participating in the event are Silverlens, The Drawing Room, Galleria Duemila, Blanc, Art Informal, Manila Contemporary, Finale Art Gallery, West Gallery, MO Space, Boston Gallery, among others.
Art aficionados and enthusiasts should also look forward to “Asphalt,” a specially-commissioned sculpture from renowned kinetic sculptor Gabriel Barredo. The rambling installation’s intriguing, fantastical folly imbued with the amazing creative and mechanical genius of the artist promises to be a visual spectacle which will leave everyone breathless. In the same way, a specially-commissioned reception desk created entirely of iconic San Miguel Beer crates by artist Norberto “Peewee” Roldan, Jr. will welcome guests to the event.
Add to that, a surprise offering from auction superstar Ronald Ventura is in the works.
Committed to support local artists, AFP will also be launching the Philippine Art Awards, a platform to recognize & exhibit established and emerging local artists to be recognized and their works exhibited, to reach a wider audience.
Early evening visitors can wine and dine at the venue’s roof deck courtesy of Kai Restaurant and The Straits Wine Company. Citibank will be the event’s sole credit card provider.
Art Fair Philippines 2013 is organized by Philippine Art Events Inc. Members of the board are Dindin B. Araneta, Trickie C. Lopa, and Lisa O. Periquet.
An annual gathering is not far-fetched and if it turns out a success, they might consider The Link Car Parkway Drive as their venue next year, according to Trickie and Lisa.
Free tickets will be given to Makati students in groups of four and below (with prior notice). For more information about Art Fair Philippines 2013, schedule, tickets and complete list of participants, visit www.artfairphilippines.com.
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