By TINA HIDALGO JACINTO
No longer does one need to search far and wide for the latest in art. With the burgeoning art scene in the Philippines, surveying art is brought closer to home.
In line with Makati’s goal of bringing art to everyone, Cathy Bengzon, Ayala Land Estates marketing head and corporate brand announced at the press launch the twofold exhibition—Art Fair 2019, where one of the highlights was a collaborative work of Olivia d’Aboville and Neal Oshima entitled Plastics in our Oceans, an environmental advocacy against human abuse of plastics and preservation of the seas.
Simultaneously at the fountain was the launch of the monumental display of well-acclaimed Japanese artist Shinji Ohmaki’s Gravity and Grace, mesmerizing with its white steel sheets of paper-cut patterns with interior customized lighting. At night thisky-high steel vase lights up through these cuts illustrating the contrast between illumination and shadows.
Art enthusiasts flocked in droves to the seventh edition of Art Fair Philippines 2019 held at The Link Carpark’s multi-level sections. This yearly event never ceases to amaze, with its thousands of spectators, both the art luminaries and the curious, who view a variety of works, from sculptures and paintings to art installations.
At the helm of Art Fair Philippines are three beautiful and successful ladies who have made this event an art phenomenon: Dindin Araneta, Trickie Lopa, and Lisa Periquet. They presented works by established masters as well as by new and daring artists offering the next generation perspective and the best that Philippine contemporary and modern art can offer. Visitors took inspiration from these three names in Philippine art history earning particular acclaim for their works: David Medalla, known as the ‘enfant terrible of the art world,’ who presented A Stitch in Time; Ray Albano poster works as curator of the Cultural Center of the Philippines; Mauro Malang Santos, “Malang’s women.” For the first time, there were paintings and sculpture of Fernando Botero, “Botero in Asia.” Liv Vinluan is this year’s recipient of the Karen H. Montinola selection, a grant for emerging artists. Other notable participants were: Olivia d’Aboville, Ryan Villamael, Oca Villamiel, Ian Fabro, Ling Quisumbing Ramilo, and MM Yu. Dr. Kathryn Galitz, curator and author from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, was the special lecturer.
Five booths contained photographs as a collectible form of art. Sixteen international galleries comprised the 50 galleries on display and some with dramatically enlarged works filling the entire frame of the canvas by surrealist artists. Murals like My Little Museum by Norman Dreo was a staggering seven and a half feet tall and 28 feet long work, which highlighted some of the most important works—from the Renaissance to the Baroque period.
View Shinji Ohmaki’s Gravity and Grace at the fountain area of Tower One and Exchange Plaza, Ayala Avenue, Makati till March 13.