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Gender in Justiniano Asuncion’s Portraitures

Entitled Art & Family: The Asuncion Legacy, Ayala Museum’s latest exhibition features the paintings, illustrations and sculptures of the three artists in the Asuncion family–Mariano, Leoncio, and Justiniano. The exhibition is seemingly poised as an attempt to accentuate the contributions of the brothers to Philippine art history, especially in the so-called academia period–the era upon the […]

‘No Chaos No Party’: Glimpse into the Manila Contemporary Art Scene

It has been almost three decades since the book ‘Conversations on Philippine Art’ by art critic and writer Cid Reyes has been published. It is timely now, given the massive developments in the art practice since the 80’s, to release such book that features interviews and inside correspondences with the artists of the time. This is where the contemporary art book […]

A Timeline of the Mabini Art Movement: Framed at Art Fair Philippines 2016

At its fourth year, the country’s premier art fair, Art Fair Philippines showcased special exhibitions apart from the displays led by the galleries. Among these special exhibitions is Frame — a timeline of the Mabini art movement in relation to the lives of the artist-couple Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan and the renowned Kapampangan painter Antonio Calma. Mabini […]

BenCab Glory at the Start of 2016

The Manila art scene for 2016 starts off well with a feast of exhibitions dedicated to Benedicto Cabrera (more familiarly known as BenCab), one of the country’s National Artists, perhaps to conclude the celebration of the artist’s 50 creative years. Aside from the musical performed by reknowned actress Iza Calzado last July and the year-long sale of limited-edition […]