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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 […]

Reminiscing Purita Kalaw-Ledesma: The Triumphs and Struggles of a Filipina Art Servant

The name Purita Kalaw-Ledesma resists from merely couching, rather comfortably, on the name and achievements of her government-official-turned-writer-and-historian father, Teodoro M. Kalaw. Hers strides alongside a story of a woman art servant without whom would have greatly changed the narrative of the rise and development of modern art in the country. In fact, according to the editor […]

Lying in State: Cesar F. Legaspi Birth Centennial

Art and martial law: Taking on the elephant in the room Early modernist painter Cesar Legaspi hit his stride in the Philippine artworld during the martial law period but he did not ascend to National Artist status till Corazon Aquino’s term.Between the three then would-be National Artists Hernando Ocampo, Vicente Manansala, and Legaspi, the latter […]

LUZ@90

Featuring recent and early works, the exhibition celebrates the 90th birth anniversary of Arturo R. Luz, National Artist for Visual Arts. Luz was named National Artist for Visual Arts in 1997. Beginning his career with figurative works, he then explored other modes of abstraction and stylized figuration in paintings, sculptures, prints, and collages. His works […]

Republic

The Vargas Museum presents the third iteration of its Art History Series, a relay of exhibitions curated based on art historical methods. The series aims to bridge the gap between curatorship and art history, especially in line with the museum’s continuing efforts to reactivate its collection and situate it within contemporary social contexts. From its […]

Figuring Filipino Utopia

Fernando Zobel de Ayala y Montojo is a towering figure in modern Filipino art and criticism. An award-winning artist and an astute theorist, he founded the Ateneo Art Gallery in 1960. Six years later, he established the Museum of Spanish Abstract Art in Cuenca, Spain. Art histories in the Philippines and Spain are, indeed, unimaginable without […]

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 […]