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As New York City art galleries reopen, dealers rethink their business

ON WEDNESDAY, Sept. 9, dealer David Zwirner inaugurated one of his major fall shows in New York, a presentation of new paintings by artist Harold Ancart.

Masters and maps

MASTERS and maps are all the rage this season for Leon Gallery’s Magnificent September Auction, happening live at 2 p.m. on Sept. 19 at the gallery’s salesrooms in Legazpi Village.

Fractional ownership investments lure scores of art world investors in pandemic

NEW offerings kept coming over the summer: Banksy, George Condo, Zao Wou-Ki.

Buying art for inspiration in the middle of a pandemic

SINCE THE pandemic has made sure that one will be staying at home a lot, one might as well fill it up with treasures. And treasures are what one will find in Leon Gallery’s 16th edition of its online auction LeonExchange, which will be held on July 18 and 19 at 11 a.m. Up for grabs are Picasso lithographs and etchings, a Zobel serigraph, and watercolors by Botong Francisco and Jose Joya. And that’s just the first day, running under the theme “The Collector’s Vault.”

When the art on your wall is actually a TV

UNLESS your room is a starkly modern space, the black rectangle of the television set always stands out like a sore thumb. But Samsung has a way around that interior design problem: The Frame.

The art market in the new normal

ALL aspects of life have been affected by the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic, and the art world is no exception. From art fairs that have to consider how to deal with the need for social distancing, to artists discovering new ways to reach their audiences and reconsidering their relationship with galleries, every part of the art world has had to adjust.

Art galleries survived the lockdowns. Now comes the hard part

A $5.5 million painting by Cecily Brown, a sold-out New York debut by emerging artist Katja Farin and many other artworks found buyers online during the shutdowns.

Art, antiques, and furniture at León Gallery’s Mid-Year Auction

A RARE three-panel collaboration by Mauro Malang Santos, Ang Kiukok and Hugo Yonzon, Jr. called Goddesses is one of the highlights of León Gallery’s upcoming The Spectacular Mid-Year Auction 2020 on June 20.

A time to laugh: how some performers react when the pandemic...

Let me start with a familiar story: a wrestler, two comedians, and a comic book artist all walk into a bar… except they don’t, because there’s a pandemic, and we’re all still stuck at home.

Art sale in support of Bicol hospital

PRINTS for a Cause, an online gallery, has gathered works by 15 Filipino artists to raise funds to help the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH), one of the biggest public hospitals in Region V, receiving cases of COVID-19.

Art in the everyday

OBJECTS and materials used in daily life are transformed into art at an exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila.

New UK law to combat dirty money in art market

THE UK art market is now more transparent.

Language of tsinelas art

THE COLORFUL canvases hanging in the Avellana Gallery illustrate positive words. In the aptly named exhibit Kumpas ng Kamay, the paintings feature hands spelling out words in Philippine Sign Language — and reading the gestures is not a problem a series of smaller paintings hung along the three walls serve as a guide to the English alphabet.

Celebrating bilateral relations through art

KOREAN CRAFTS and contemporary art are showcased at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila in celebration of the 70th anniversary of Philippine-Korean bilateral relations.

Billionaire Reuben brothers pop up in global art lawsuits vs. dealer...

BRITAIN’S billionaire Reuben brothers turn out to be the owners of a mysterious investment firm that has popped up in one of the biggest art scandals in recent history.

Art dealer Inigo Philbrick has vanished in a cloud of scandal

HE BURST onto the scene, a young man in a hurry, with an eye for art and a nose for a deal.

Need art for your living room? Go shopping online.

THE EXPRESSIVE eyes of the portrait of an Aeta woman carrying a monitor lizard inspire the viewer to take a closer look at the painting. Ryan D. Orig, the painter, said that the image was inspired by an Aeta woman whom he recalled would pass by his family’s house in the province when he was a child. Aeta Girl with Bayawak is one of five portraits of indigenous people by Mr. Orig which are on view and for sale through the “online art marketplace” at FilipinoArt.ph (https://www.filipinoart.ph/).

Christie’s seeks relief from Donald Trump’s ‘punishing’ tariffs on art

CHRISTIE’S was among the first companies to file for relief from the latest round of President Donald Trump’s tariffs on Chinese imports, arguing the duties would hurt its business and punish the US art market.

Art, antiques at Leòn’s latest online auction

LEÒN XIII, the 13th online auction of León Gallery under the Leonexchange platform, will be held on Oct. 19 and 20 starting at 11 a.m. All bidding will be purely online at www.leonexchange.com.

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.