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 […]

Distinct Refinements: Painting from the Provinces

Bawat kultura ay lumilikha ng kanyang natatanging kahusayan. Layunin ng koleksiyon ng sining ng Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, na pinalawig noong 1981, na makabuo ng komprehensibong koleksiyon ng mga pinta mula sa mga lalawigan. Ang mga likhang ito ay nagpapahiwatig ng mga pagkakaiba at mga malikhaing gawi na yumabong sa iba’t ibang panig ng bansa. […]

Reimagining the Retablo: A Review of Retablo 2.0 | Wilfredo Offemaria, Jr.

Considered by Jesuit art historian Rene Javellana, S.J. as the “centerpiece of any baroque church interior,” the retablo, commonly known as the altarpiece in Western cultures, houses paintings and sculptures of divine personages in its multi-tiered, oftentimes multileveled, carved wooden panels. Derived from the Latin word retaulus, formed by the merging of the words retro, […]

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 […]

The Way of the Ink | Martial Jeudy

_Gallery at A SPACE Greenbelt presents “The way of the ink” by self-taught French artist Martial Jeudy. THE WAY OF THE INK, (or painting in sumi-e) is for the artist, a path of continuous self-improvement as there is no room for errors and all is about the mastery of manipulating with the shades of grey. […]

Optimism is Ridiculous | Natee Utarit

Ayala Museum and Singapore-based gallery Richard Koh Fine Art, with the support of the Royal Thai Embassy in Manila, will be co-presenting the exhibition of contemporary Thai painter, Natee Utarit. Entitled Optimism is Ridiculous: The Altarpieces, the exhibition will run from 18 February to 9 April 2017 and is part of the artist’s Optimism is […]

Agustin Goy: Sixty Years in Art

Agustin Goy (born 1935), who is known for his mastery of realist paintings, selects his artworks for an exhibition at the National Museum. Comprising of art done over the last sixty years, the exhibition reveals the artist’s images, techniques, and materials from a wealth of a creative background. In this colorful display, featuring 62 paintings […]

Articulator of Culture: A Review of Abdulmari Asia Imao | National Artist

Among the descriptions used to describe Sulu-native Abdulmari Asia Imao during the conferment of his National Artist for Visual Arts award, it is ‘articulator of Philippine Muslim art and culture’ which resonates the embodiment of his lifeworks. He is a sculptor, painter, photographer, ceramist, documentary filmmaker, cultural researcher and writer, whose focus is to bring Philippine Muslim heritage […]

Towards Paradise: A Review of For She Loved Fiercely, and She is Well-Loved (2010) by Geraldine Javier

Although a painter by training, Geraldine Javier, a prolific Filipina artist and awardee of the Thirteen Artist Awards of the Cultural Center of the Philippines on 2003, is known for her works making use of a variety of materials — largely organic ones, such as threads, feathers, twigs, and other dead natural specimen. Through the use of […]