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Deutsche Bank pulls iconic artworks from its New York City lobby

A TRIO of large abstract paintings by artist Gerhard Richter, once a signature of Deutsche Bank AG’s cavernous lobby on Wall Street and a crown jewel of the company’s vast collection, has vanished from public view.

Auction to raise funds for cancer kids at PGH

PABLO PICASSO once said, “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Some people, like children with cancer, don’t have the benefit of everyday life that they can shake dust from. Salcedo Auctions, through its subsidiary Gavel&Block, is helping out children with cancer through a benefit auction on July 20, in partnership with the IWantToShare Foundation.

Sneakers give art a run for its money at first-of-a-kind Sotheby’s...

NEW YORK — Move over Monet. Nike is hot on your heels.

Leòn holding its 12th online auction

THE Leòn Exchange Online Auction Edition 12, under the Leonexchange platform, will be held on July 20 and 21 starting at 11 a.m. All bidding will be purely online at www.leonexchange.com.

Rembrandt’s The Night Watch begins on-site restoration

AMSTERDAM — Rembrandt’s 17th century masterpiece The Night Watch begins restoration work on Monday in Amsterdam where visitors will be able to watch every step of the Rijksmuseum’s biggest ever project.

Hot, cold and busted sales in London show the risks of...

COMPETING bids for a tiny abstract painting by Robert Ryman climbed higher and higher until — Bang! — the hammer came down on the 1963 canvas at £850,000 ($1.08 million), more than twice its low estimate.

A new mural on marine life decorates the Paseo underpass

IT WAS late one evening when a young woman, along with two friends, was walking through the Paseo de Roxas underpass in Makati on her way home after a long day at work. Mural artist A.G. Saño was painting at the steps of the underpass when she recognized him. She happened to have been a participant at his art and environmental engagement talks at a university in Camarines Sur, Bicol some years before. He then asked the woman and her friends if they were interested in helping him paint the mural. Mr. Saño said that “it is innate among our group to have strangers engage if they want to paint.

Returning to Binondo

ALTHOUGH recent events have made locals paranoid about the seemingly overwhelming presence of Chinese in certain areas of the metropolis, one needs to remember that Filipinos and Chinese have been working side by side even before local recorded history. For centuries now, Filipinos been trading with the Chinese, proven by archeological excavations over the last hundred years or so.

Auction to raise f unds for sick children in PGH

ON JULY 20, Gavel&Block, a subsidiary brand of Salcedo Auctions that features both established artists and emerging talent, will mount a benefit auction in partnership with the IWantToShare Foundation, an organization which works with the Philippine General Hospital (PGH).

Inspiration from the outdoors and lessons from a National Artist

PAINTINGS by National Artists Arturo Luz, Fernando Amorsolo, and Benedicto “BenCab” Cabrera hang on the walls along the entrance hallway of Ivan Acuña’s apartment in Mandaluyong. In his living room, more of his painting collection is stacked on the floor. Across them are pieces of Chinese porcelain displayed above cabinets against the window. The collection of paintings and cityscape view from his apartment are where he draws inspiration for his own abstract paintings.

What happens when you unexpectedly buy that $20 million painting

JUST 15 months after Peter Doig’s The Architect’s Home in the Ravine fetched $20 million at Sotheby’s, the landscape was back on the market.

A field trip around Intramuros

IT TOOK around 10 minutes for the tram to get from the Manila Hotel to Intramuros via Bonifacio Drive. It was a warm morning on the country’s 121st Independence Day celebration and media guests were on a cultural tour from the hotel to the Walled City. First stop (among six locations): Fort Santiago.

Drahi’s bid for Sotheby’s puts the Art world in play

IN A career defined by audacious takeovers, Patrick Drahi’s bid for Sotheby’s ranks as perhaps the most surprising of all.

Gay Art Auctions: Does the label help or hurt an artist’s...

AS PART of a commemoration of Gay Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, Swann Auction Galleries held its first ever Pride Sale on Thursday in New York.

Conrad exhibit combines good feng shui and art

FOR THE 9th installment of its ongoing Of Art and Wine series, the Conrad Manila features the works of Filipino-Chinese artist Elizabeth Anne “Lizanne” Uychaco, who is known for combining modern art and the art of feng shui. It is ongoing until Aug. 11 at the hotel’s Gallery C.

A piece of Venice Biennale’s PHL Pavilion comes home to Manila

A PART of the exhibit which made up the Philippine Pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia in Venice, Italy, can now be seen in Manila, at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), where it is on view until July 20.

Tiny bulletproof vests centerpiece of New York art exhibit on school...

NEW YORK — Rows of tiny bullet-proof vests hang on clothing racks and “safety defense” lunchboxes adorn the walls. It looks like an apparel store — almost.

Ai-Da, the humanoid robot artist, gears up for first solo exhibition

OXFORD, England — Wearing a white blouse and her dark hair hanging loose, Ai-Da looks like any artist at work as she studies her subject and puts pencil to paper. But the beeping from her bionic arm gives her away — Ai-Da is a robot.

As its main building is renovated, Ayala Museum to mount mobile...

AS THE Ayala Museum shuts its doors for a year while undergoing a major renovation, art lovers will not miss out as it will be holding mobile exhibits starting this month.

Swiss court blocks Italy’s bid for possible Da Vinci portrait

ZURICH -- Switzerland’s highest court has rejected Italy’s request for the return of an oil painting attributed by some to Leonardo Da Vinci, ruling no Swiss laws were broken when the work was brought over the border.

Himala: Isang Musikal dominates the 11th Gawad Buhay Awards

THE Sandbox Collective and 9 Works Theatrical’s Himala: Isang Musikal dominated the evening, winning eight awards at the 11th Gawad Buhay Awards held on May 28 at Makati’s Onstage Theater in Greenbelt 1.

Virgin Lab Fest turns 15

HAVING staged 257 new works by young playwrights and directors since its beginning in 2005, the Virgin Labfest, an annual theater festival which focuses on unpublished, untried, and unstaged one-act plays, returns for its 15th year in June.

‘Paradise Found’ opens Salcedo Auction’s new space

SALCEDO Auctions will hold its inaugural auction at its new headquarters at NEX Tower along Ayala Avenue in Makati on June 1.

NCCA and CCP pay tribute to the 2018 National Artists

FOR 2003 National Artist for Literature Virgilio S. Almario, the role a National Artist is a challenging task.

How Christo gets rich collectors to underwrite art for the masses

THE ARTIST Christo and his late wife/collaborator Jeanne-Claude have used fabric to spectacular effect. They wrapped Germany’s Reichstag in polypropylene, “hung” a curtain across a Colorado Valley, and, in 2016, built a floating, three-kilometer-long walkway across a lake in northern Italy for a work called The Floating Piers.

Russian ballet dancers to perform Swan Lake in QC

THE Moscow Ballet’s classical choreography arm La Classique will be coming to the Philippines for a series of performances of the ballet classic Swan Lake, a timeless favorite set to the music by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Cultural Center to pay tribute to National Artists today

THE SEVEN individuals who were conferred the National Artist Awards in 2018 will be given a tribute today at 6 p.m. at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Venice Biennale’s The Spectre of Comparison comes home to PHL

THE Spectre of Comparison, showcased at the 2017 Philippine Pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, will open in Manila on May 23 at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD). It features the works of Filipino artists Lani Maestro and Manuel Ocampo.

The Dresser as master class for actors

By Sujata S. Mukhi Theater Review The Dresser Directed by Loy Arcenas Presented by Repertory Philippines Fridays to Sundays until May 26 Onstage Theatre, Greenbelt 1 Paseo de Roxas St., Makati...

If Art is a Hammer: Portraits of Filipino artists as working...

LIKE THE gag reflex, the 1st of May gives rise to the usual public clamor for living wages and the end of contractualization. Artists are also vulnerable to such “precarity,” as these deplorable working conditions are politely termed. The so-called creative industries — from the performing artists in resorts to the piece-work crafters of fashion accessories — are generally unregulated. What does it behoove an unemployed, part-time jobber or the artist who may not even have a written contract for an occasional project, to register with the BIR and invest in stacks of official receipts which s/he will likely use once in a blue moon? A renowned writer, himself an independent contractor, was lumped with dance instructors when he registered with the BIR because professional writers were a nonentity on the BIR roster. He had to issue ORs to his many corporate clients, but his case is rare. Most Filipino artists do not have formal contracts or such a surfeit of projects. Many simply fall through the cracks, without the safety nets of SSS, PhilHealth, or Pag-Ibig.

A century of classic designs

IN THE late 1800s, German design professionals envisioned that German companies would be as competitive as those in England, the United States, and the global market. In the 1900s, 12 artists and 12 companies joined forces to establish Deutscher Werkbund.

Banana protest staged over removal of ‘indecent’ art

WARSAW — Around 1,000 people, many eating bananas to make their point, protested in front of Warsaw’s National Museum on Monday over a decision last week to remove artworks deemed “indecent” by the museum’s director.

At Amboise, Leonardo’s last years paint a picture of Franco-Italian harmony

AMBOISE, Loire Valley, France — Commemorations for Leonardo da Vinci’s 500th anniversary begin this week in Amboise, in the Loire Valley, with France and Italy setting aside recent tensions to honor the memory of the Renaissance genius in the town where he spent his final years.

Nemi Miranda’s pure imagination

“I LOOKED at people, I try to imagine them, and draw them from memory. I never use pictures because I hate pictures,” painter Nemi R. Miranda, Jr. said about his creative process. “What you see my painting is the product of my soul.”

NCCA holds National Dance Week in Capiz

IN CELEBRATION of National Dance Week, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) – National Committee on Dance will hold the 8th Dance Xchange: The Philippine International Dance Festival on April 26 to 30 in Roxas City, Capiz.

Images of faith

FOR Catholics, religious images are representations of faith. The religious and devotees of patrons wipe cloth on images with the belief that this brings physical healing. In some communities, a statue of the Blessed Virgin is transferred from one house to another after a week. Miracles have purportedly been witnessed in the presence of holy images.

UST-CAFA artists reunite in show

FOUR YEARS ago, visual artist Maris Medina thought of organizing a reunion with her batch mates from the UST College of Fine Arts, Advertising batch 1980. With the help of social media, she was able to rekindle old friendships. Aside from a planned reunion, she spearheaded the idea of mounting a batch exhibit.

Sunico is new Steinway artist

THE melody of Ernani Cuenco’s “Bato sa Buhangin” filled the room, the polished notes coming from a Steinway & Sons Spirio player piano. When the recording ended, pianist and composer Raul M. Sunico stepped onstage and performed the same piece romantically with precision.

Millennials spend $28M on Simpsons-inspired art

MILLENNIALS snapped up $28 million worth of art inspired by the Simpsons television show, along with skateboarding shoes and cans of spray paint at a Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong as a new generation of collectors comes of age.

Florence study proves artist Leonardo da Vinci was ambidextrous

FLORENCE, Italy — An in-depth study of Leonardo da Vinci’s earliest-known drawing has proved that the great Renaissance artist was ambidextrous, Italy’s Uffizi Gallery said on Monday.

Food and art tripping in Rizal

LIKE LOVERS who have made themselves too available, it’s easy to take the province of Rizal for granted. It’s too near the city, and it doesn’t boast of Tagaytay’s views and chilly mountain breezes. It does, however, have a character and beauty of its own: so much of it, in fact, to make artists want to work, live, and as in the case of National Artist Carlos “Botong” Francisco, to want to die there.

Like grandfather, like granddaughter

KNOWN FOR his modernist geometric abstracts, National Artist for Visual Arts Arturo R. Luz’s works commands millions of pesos in auctions, but now that he has put his life as an artist behind him — in the words of his granddaughter — people can find limited edition prints of his work on sale and on serving trays and boxes until May in two Rustan’s locations — Shangri-La in Mandaluyong and in the department store branch in Makati.

Broadening literature’s definition for everyone

WATCH spoken word poetry performances, interact with renowned Filipino writers, witness the first slam poetry championship, and learn about folklore from the Dumagats — all these activities can be experienced with a donation of a book.

A giant girl at Art in the Park

A 20-FOOT inflatable sculpture of a girl hugging a goat and a four-foot tall perfume bottle are some of the artworks to be displayed at this Sunday’s Art in the Park fair at the Jaime Velasquez Park in Salcedo Village, Makati.

P9 million the going rate at auction for Lunas, Hidalgo

PAINTINGS by Juan Luna and Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo fetched P9 million at Salcedo Auctions’ Important Philippine Art sale on March 9.