As the premier art exhibit in the country, Art Fair Philippines has been dedicated to expanding the audience of local visual art. Celebrating its 8th year this 2020 once more at The Link carpark in Makati City from Feb. 21 to 23, the art fair will not only continue with their successful programs but also add more section in their efforts to recognize all aspects of art.
For the 2020 edition, Art Fair Philippines will have the involvement of over 60 local and international exhibitors. Participating exhibitors from the Philippines include: 1335 Mabini / GMJ, Altro Mondo Gallery, ARCHIVO 1984, Art Cube, Art Underground, Art Verité, Artery Art Space, art/n23, Association of Pinoyprintmakers, Avellana Art Gallery, bio | trans | forms, Boston Art Gallery, CANVAS, Denise Weldon | Tom Epperson Photographs, District Gallery, Eskinita Art Gallery, Galerie Roberto, Gallery of Fine Arts, Galerie Stephanie, Giatay, J Studio, Kaida Contemporary, León Gallery, Limbo, Loadnadito projects, Luzviminda, Mariyah Gallery, METRO, Mono8, Orange Project, Paseo Art Gallery, Pintô Art Museum, Project 20, Salcedo Private View, Secret Fresh, Signum, Silverlens, Strange Fruit, Tarzeer Pictures, Tin-aw Art Gallery, Tropical Futures Institute, and Ysobel Art Gallery.
Foreign galleries include Japan’s ENERGY FIELD, Gallery Kogure, Hanada Gallery, Kobayashi Gallery, SHUKADO, and YOD Gallery + Asian Art Center, Singapore’s Art Porters Gallery, Gajah Gallery, Mind Set Art Center, and Yavuz Gallery, Malaysia’s Artemis Art and G13 Gallery, Thailand’s La Lanta Fine Art and Number1 Gallery, Taiwan’s GALERIE OVO and Nunu Fine Art, Spain’s Cayón, and Vietnam’s Vin Gallery. Galleria Tiziana di Caro from Naples, Italy will be attending with the help of the Italian embassy.
Maintaining a legacy
Art Fair Philippines continues its Projects section by also featuring new commissions across interactive forms and thought-provoking installations—the 2020 edition will have the help of art consultant Norman Crisologo in organizing Projects. Artists who will mount special exhibits include Salvador Joel Alonday, Perry Argel, Jaime De Guzman, Roedil Joe Geraldo, Jellyfish Kisses, Gene Paul Martin, Neil Pasilan, and Karen H. Montinola Selection 2020 recipient Carlo Villafuerte. Apart from these esteemed artists, there will also be a special exhibition in cooperation with the estate of the late Onib Olmedo, and a presentation of the works of American minimalist and conceptual artist Sol Lewitt, courtesy of New York-based curator and art historian Carina Evangelista.
Olmedo will also be one of the subjects in Art Fair Philippines’ Talks section, created in partnership with the Ateneo Art Gallery and Museum Foundation of the Philippines, to be moderated by Carlomar Daona with speakers Elmer Borlongan and Allan Cosio. Another talk to look out for is when Italian ambassador and art aficionado Giorgio Guglielmino discusses his book The Originals where he enumerates 30 various artists that make a difference in the art scene.
Photography remains to be a growing collectability and contemporary art among Filipinos, thus Art Fair Philippines’ Photo section will continue its development as highlighted by the works of Filipino contemporary artist Poklong Anading. The 10 Days of Art initiative, a series of events around the Makati Central Business District, will also be brought back with participations by galleries, museums, bars, restaurants, and retail establishments in celebrating art beyond the venue of the fair.
Art Fair Philippines will be introducing some new sections to celebrate its 8th year. Primary among these is the Film section curated by Erwin Romulo, Philbert Dy, and Teddy Co which will acknowledge the evolution of cinema as an art form—the section will also serve as a sort of finale to the 100th anniversary of Philippine cinema. There will be a screening of select feature-length and short films, narrative and experimental, documentary and animation, to showcase the diversity of Philippine cinema.
A new Incubators section will introduce creative spaces outside the mainstream gallery format, projects, Project 20, and Signum. One exhibition to look out for is a virtual reality piece by Issay Rodriguez curated by Sandra Palomar, which will immerse the audience in a simulated and interactive beehive-like environment.
Complementing the ongoing Talks section will be the new Open Studios section, which involves present a series of workshops with respected practitioners in the fields of arts and culture. Among these workshops are subjects on photography with Paco Guerrero, lighting techniques with Neal Oshima and Mark Nicdao, wooden furniture with Benji Reyes, cyanotype with Alexis Oshima and Angela Silva, rubber cutting with the Association of Pinoyprintmakers, sculptural planter-making workshop with Tahanan Pottery’s Rita Gudiño, and a demo on watercolor painting techniques with Claude Tayag.
Fair tickets can be purchased at artfairphilippines.com, and at the reception area of Art Fair Philippines from Feb. 21 to 23. For more information, visit the Art Fair Philippines website and follow the art fair on Instagram (@artfairph) and Facebook (fb.com/artfairph).