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‘The democratic hand’ and the primacy of ideas over execution

FINDING a Sol LeWitt (1928–2007) in Art Fair Philippines is as unexpected as finding a vegan in a steakhouse. In his biography of LeWitt — a luminary figure in conceptual art — Lary Bloom writes that the artist, through his manifestos, urged people to “steer away from what is known and what is safe (and what is commercial).” What, then, are two of his wall drawings doing at an art fair, which is, by definition, a commercial endeavor?

Denise Weldon and Tom Epperson at Art Fair Philippines

PHOTOGRAPHERS Denise Weldon and Tom Epperson are once again sharing a booth in this year’s edition of Art Fair Philippines. Better known for their commercial work, Ms. Weldon and Mr. Epperson will present fine-art prints in Rooted and Sand Series, respectively, in a space designed by Migs Rosales and Team Caramel Creative Consultancy.

Ray Albano: Homo ludens, a playful man

RAYMUNDO “RAY” ALBANO is described by those who knew him as a “homunculus,” a “deformed clubfoot who walked with a limp.” The words aren’t meant to be cruel. They are said with affection, fond memory. Even Mr. Albano poked fun at his scoliosis, calling himself the “Quasimodo of CCP” — that is, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, where he succeeded Roberto Chabet as museum director in 1970. It was a post that Mr. Albano held until he died in 1985 at the age of 38.

What and who to see at Art Fair Philippines 2019

UNLIKE the previous editions where featured works were found on every floor of The Link carpark in Makati, this year’s Art Fair Philippines will showcase all its ArtFairPH/Projects featured artists and their works on one floor, for better impact and convenient viewing, said one of the fair’s organizers, Lisa Ongpin Periquet, during a press conference on Wednesday.

Art Fair 2019: Art and earth

THE works of two women artists — Olivia d’Aboville and Ling Quisumbing-Ramilo — converse about the crucial issues concerning our environment: climate change and plastic pollution at this year’s Art Fair Philippines.

Translucent, transcendent

Neal Oshima and the transformative power of light How does one even begin to explain the work of Neal Oshima? His heritage is certainly a...

Art Fair 2018’s interesting problem: managing a growing crowd

RESPONDING TO THE surprisingly large crowd that flocked to its regular venue at The Link carpark in Makati City in 2017, this year’s Art...

Art Fair PHL adds photos to the art mix in an...

HERE are two pieces of good news for art lovers: Art Fair Philippines 2018 will spread out in over six levels and will occupy...

Bulols, bangles, and beads

AFTER selling affordable artworks in a park and high-end paintings in a two-storey parking lot, the organizers of Art in the Park and Art...

Art in the time of selfies

By Camille Anne M. Arcilla This year’s edition of Art Fair Philippines drew about 40,000 visitors to the Makati car park it was held in,...

Art in the car park

ART FAIR PHILIPPINES 2016 has an expanded and exciting lineup for its fourth edition as it recognizes its role as the world’s window to...