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Where is art headed in 2019?

BusinessWorld asked some of the country’s artists, and art champions about their outlook for Philippine culture and arts for this year (and beyond). The answers were as varied as their practices.

Art tilt hopes to tap youth’s passion

BECAUSE THE future belongs to the dreamers and the youth, this year’s theme for the Visual Arts Competition (VAC), a partnership between PLDT and Directories Philippines Corp. (DPC), is “Creating the Legacy, Creating the Future.”

Beyonce and Jay-Z help Paris Louvre museum to record number of...

PARIS — A music video by Beyonce and Jay-Z set in the Louvre helped boost visitor numbers to a record 10.2 million last year, the most for any museum in history, the Louvre said on Thursday.

Art dealer to billionaires offers 10 prized works at auction

AN ART dealer with clients including billionaires Leon Black and Ronald Lauder is selling 10 works from his private collection that could set individual auction records for some of the masters who created them.

A very full theatrical calendar

LAST YEAR’s theater scene was lively and jampacked. This year is shaping up to be just the same, if not more.

Fight masterpiece fatigue with 2019’s thrilling new art exhibits

FOR CULTURE vultures, 2019 will hold a dazzling array of museum exhibitions. From London to Los Angeles and Brooklyn to Basel, there are thoughtful, sweeping, and often provocative shows to look forward to.

Traditional art, social media smarts: Marius Black’s hopeful, woodblock Manila

How social media changed the game for this traditional artist.

Philippine Art Award discovers new talents

THE Philippine Art Awards will be celebrating it 25th anniversary next year. There is a feeling of unease, however, with some wondering if the award-giving body is on the right track or if it is producing good art and artists.

An elaborate process creates the deceptively simple

ABSTRACT paintings hold a multitude of meanings depending on the beholder, so instead of looking for meaning, one way to connect to the art work is to look at and appreciate the labor behind the creation.

Livin’ in a surreal world

BORN IN 1941, artist Raul H. Lebajo is still a kid at heart. For his ongoing exhibit, he invites viewers into the world of his imagination, of fantastic worlds and phantasmagorias.

High and low art the same CCP’s Encyclopedia

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines’ 12-volume Encyclopedia of Philippine Art is encompassing, with the inclusion of discourses on popular culture, digital media, and LGBTQ-themed essays in broadcast art, among others.

Consistency in evolution

GUS ALBOR says he is an apolitical artist. But when asked why he called his ongoing exhibition -- on view at the Ayala Museum until Feb. 10 -- Territory, he said it pertains to the Philippine-China dispute over the Spratly Islands.

Focusing on the art of Baguio

FORMERLY THE Diplomat Hotel, the Dominican Hill and Nature Park in Baguio City was recently repurposed to serve as an art gallery. Outside the building were installations by National Artist Kidlat Tahimik, while inside was a showcase of other installations, sculptures, and paintings by local artists like Maela Jose, whose huge mandala-inspired canvas that hung at the ground floor of the once grand hotel.

Billionaires, Blockchain, and art collide in Miami

ADAM LINDEMANN tends to have pretty good timing.

Masters of art the focus in Manila Hotel’s new gallery

A WORK of colorful chaos, a memento of places travelled, and beauty as seen through an evolving image of a woman’s face are just some of the artworks on view at Manila Hotel’s newly opened Art Gallery.

Jackson fans look to beat it down to Paris

PARIS — A portrait of Michael Jackson as King Philip II of Spain and an Andy Warhol print are among artworks on display at a show in Paris dedicated to the late pop star.

Young artists’ perspectives

THE FIGURE of a suffocated god of harvest; a self-portrait of an artist; the picture of a blindfolded man; and an upside down reflection of a woman all triumphed at the 51st Shell National Student Art Competition (NSAC).

On being a Filipino-Chinese artist

VISUAL ARTIST Hau Chiok delivered his opening speech for his exhibition Coalescences: 60 years of Hau Chiok in Fukienese.

Christie’s tops Sotheby’s in monster auction week

CHRISTIE’S beat out rival Sotheby’s in a billion-dollar week for both auction houses, thanks in part to eight-figure sales by bold-faced artists.

Michelangelo buy sends waste manager’s shares soaring

A CHINESE former construction products company wants to offer anyone with a brokerage account a piece of a Michelangelo.

BenCab goes punk

IN BETWEEN Benedicto “BenCab” Cabrera’s iconic Sabel and Larawan series, the National Artist had a phase when he focused on drawing punks as a form of diversion from his signature paintings in the early 1980s.

What we can learn from Italy’s contemporary and modern museum scene

THE PHILIPPINES and Italy share the same dilemma when it comes to art: their governments doesn’t care much about it. But our shared problem stops here, because as an Italian art critic and curator who recently visited the county said, Italian politicians are only apprehensive to fully embrace contemporary art because they don’t understand it. Here, meanwhile, politicians aren’t very keen in prioritizing arts and culture at all.

What happens when a star artist dies without heirs, leaving millions...

IN 1961, Mark Tobey, a Wisconsin-born, Basel-based painter became the first non-French artist ever to get a solo show at France’s prestigious Musée des Arts Décoratifs. It was “the one man show of the season,” wrote New Yorker correspondent Janet Flanner. She quoted a critic in the Parisian magazine Preuves, who called Tobey “perhaps the most important painter of our epoch.”

13 Artists Award exhibit: mirror of society’s illnesses

THE WINNERS of the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ 13 Artists awards this year demonstrated that they’re not only concerned with their aesthetics, but also with what is happening in reality. The recipients have responded to the problems of our times: extrajudicial killings, social injustices, the oppressed’s endless plight, and fake news.

Does an artist’s ‘success’ rely on making it in the USA?...

FRANK SINATRA made us believe that New York is the center of the world when he sang “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere. It’s up to you New York, New York.” Filipino fans, then, including visual artists and the patrons behind them (if they have any), have always aspired to break into and make it in the Big Apple art scene.

Learning through comics

BEFORE the advent of free television for cheap entertainment, there were comic books.

China critic’s HK art show canceled after threat

A HONG KONG exhibition featuring an artist critical of China — as well as the band Pussy Riot and former protest leader Joshua Wong — has been canceled because of “threats” by the Chinese authorities, the organizer said.

Compromises and celebrations

HOW DOES an artist negotiate their aesthetics with their clients?

Four not-so-starving artists on making art and making a living

Four artists on making a living doing what they love.

Pie and sisterhood

“FULL OF chocolates and strawberries” is how award-winning actress Joanna Ampil described her character Jenna in the upcoming musical Waitress, as if she were a pie flavor.

Paris auction house ‘would love it’ if Banksy pulls another stunt

PARIS — The first auction house to sell prints by Banksy since THAT auction two weeks ago does not anticipate another stunt like the one that shredded half a picture moments after the hammer fell. But, hey, if something were to happen? Great!

A pity to throw it away: insurer stores damaged art in...

COLOGNE — What happens to artworks which are too badly damaged to be restored once the insurer has paid out the claim?

Simple story, classic music in All Out of Love

WHAT DO Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born and Resorts World Manila’s All Out of Love have in common? Besides their good music, both show the perils of the entertainment industry.

Nam June Paik and technology as a canvas

Nam June Paik and technology as a canvas

Quantifying the arts

ART HEALS, literature enriches vocabularies and our sense of empathy, and theater helps children develop their imagination and creativity. But these truths aren’t quantifiable — or not quantified yet — which makes it hard for the government to see the positive impact and contributions of art and culture to economic development.

Hans Brumann: The jeweler as an artist

HANS BRUMANN is a jeweler first and a visual artist second, but this is a pragmatic stance. “Jewelry making is my bread and butter, but I multitask now — everything that has to do with design, I love,” he told BusinessWorld.

Newcomers make up half of this year’s Palanca winners

A TELEVISION reporter, a father and daughter, and a former entertainment reporter were among the winners in this year’s Palanca Awards, the annual award that recognizes outstanding Filipino literary writers.

Complete list of winners 2018 Palanca Awards

KABATAAN DIVISION • Kabataan Sanaysay: 1st Prize, Jack Lorenz Acebedo Rivera, “Paglaya Mula sa Pagtakas”; 2nd Prize, Jacob Renz R. Ambrocio, “Sino ang Lumansag sa Lunday ni Lola Basyang?”; 3rd Prize, Maria Jamaica S. Columbres, “Gulugod sa Pagsibol ng Binhi

Banksy’s art stunt is economic genius

BASED ON experiments conducted by himself and others around his work, Banksy, the famous street artist, could write an economics dissertation on the monetary value of art. In a way, that unwritten paper could be his crowning achievement.

Demystifying art

Gallerist Tina Fernandez dreams of emptying her house and rotating works in her personal collection.

Record sale of $65-million Zao painting yields 2,735% return

HONG KONG — An abstract oil painting by Chinese-French master Zao Wou-Ki changed hands for HK$510.4 million ($65.2 million) at Sotheby’s on Sunday, more than 28 times its previous purchase price and setting a new record for any Asian work of art sold at auction.

Spoliarium boceto goes for P73M

AFTER ALMOST 14 minutes of back-and-forth bidding, an unnamed phone bidder won ownership of Juan Luna’s boceto for the Spoliarium at a gavel price of P63 million from its starting bid at P25 million at the Important Philippine Art category of the Well-Appointed Life auction on Sept. 22 at the Peninsula Manila. This comes to a whopping P73,584,000 after taxes and the buyer’s premium.

MADE 2018: Reality on canvas

STORIES OF struggle were top winners this year’s Metrobank Art and Design Excellence (MADE) Painting Competition.

Gintong Aklat Awards honors best Philippine books of 2018

THE BEST in Philippine books were honored during the Gintong Aklat Awards 2018, held at the SMX Convention Center during the 39th Manila International Book Fair which ran from Sept. 12-16.

Painting what your heart holds dear

AS PARENTS, Mario and Alma Miclat saw to it that their daughters—Maningning and Banaue—began honing their talents at a young age. Their eldest daughter, Maningning, was three years old when her mother saw her drawing of a “funny figure.”