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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?
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.
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.
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.
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...