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Friday, July 31, 2009

ALCUAZ, CONDE LEAD NATIONAL ARTISTS


Alcuaz, Conde lead National Artists
By Lito Zulueta
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 23:26:00 06/07/2009

Filed Under: Arts and Culture and Entertainment

MANILA, Philippines – President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is set to proclaim painter Federico Aguilar Alcuaz, composer Ramon Santos, the late filmmaker Manuel Conde and the late Tagalog novelist Lazaro Francisco as the country’s new National Artists, said culture officials who declined to be named.

The four names were elected in a meeting of the joint boards of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and submitted to Malacañang for the President’s proclamation.

While the President cannot veto any name or subtract from the NCCA-CCP list, she has the prerogative to add to it, as in 2008 when she included Mindanao visual artist Abdulmari Imao, along with those elected by the NCCA and CCP—Bienvenido Lumbera, Benedicto Cabrera (“Bencab”), Ildefonso Santos, Fernando Poe Jr., Ramon Obusan and Ramon Valera.

Culture circles say the President might add comics author Carlo J. Caparas, theater veteran Zeneida Amador, fashion designer José Moreno, and/or architect Francisco Mañosa to the list.

Orden ng Gawad Pambansang Alagad ng Sining (Order of National Artists) is the highest national recognition given to Filipinos who have made significant contributions to the development of Philippine arts. Its categories are Music, Dance, Theater, Visual Arts, Literature, Film and Broadcast Arts, and Architecture and Allied Arts.

The order is jointly administered by the NCCA and CCP and conferred by the President of the Philippines upon recommendation by both institutions.

A living National Artist receives a monthly stipend of P24,000 and annual medical and hospitalization support of P750,000. He or she also receives support from the NCCA for her or his artistic projects.

The heir of a posthumous National Artist will receive P75,000 upon the proclamation.

Because two of the four awards this year will be given posthumously, there is renewed debate on whether to put a cap to the number of years after the death of a nominee, or doing away altogether with posthumous awards.

Although there was a rule before that the award could be given posthumously only within 10 years after a nominee’s death, this rule appears to have been abandoned when Severino Montano (1915-1980) was proclaimed National Artist in 2001 and Valera (1912-1972) in 2006. The rule appears to have been again ignored this year—Lazaro Francisco died in 1980.

There were also arguments raised that the National Artist award should stick to the seven classical arts and no longer be given for Landscape Architecture (Santos received this award in 2006), Fashion Design (Valera), and Broadcast Arts (with no recipient yet).

Alcuaz

Alcuaz (born 1932) is perhaps the most important living Filipino modernist painter, with mastery of both representational (still-life, portrait, landscape) and nonrepresentational idioms (abstract and abstract expressionism), evincing skill in both traditional (oil and acrylic) and non-traditional (weave) mediums.

Staying for several years in Barcelona, Spain, he won several prizes in Europe. In 2007, Arroyo gave him the Presidential Merit Medal.

Alcuaz’s works are included in the collection of some 20 museums and major cultural institutions in the world today, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona; Museum of Contemporary Art in Madrid; Gulvenkian Foundation Museum of London; Museum of Modern Art of Warsaw; Museum of Modern Art of Krakow; Philips Cultural Museum of the Netherlands.

Alcuaz pieces have lately enjoyed record biddings in international auctions such as the September 2007 Sotheby’s auction in Singapore and the 2007 Christie’s auction in Hong Kong, in which his “Tres Marias” sold at HK$271,000 (P1,490,000), nine times above the minimum estimate, and his “Still Life with Landscape” sold at HK$112,500 (P618,750), which is five times the minimum estimate.

Santos

Ramon Santos (born 1941) is exponent and composer of new and experimental music. He incorporates largely Philippine and Southeast Asian idioms in his compositions. His works derive from both Western and non-Western sources, combining orchestral instrumentation from both, such as Javanese gamelan and Philippine instruments. The same eclectic and innovative adaptation and original recasting characterize his vocal compositions.

His musicological and other scholarly studies have been published in leading journals here and abroad. He has been at one time or another chair of the Asian Composers League and secretary general of the League of Filipino Composers. He was also head of the NCCA Subcommission on the Arts and NCCA board commissioner.
Conde

When the book “The Cinema of Manuel Conde,” written by Filipino popular-culture scholar Nicanor Tiongson and published by the UST Publishing House, was launched last year during the fourth Cinemalaya festival of independent films at the CCP, Conde (1915-1980) was declared “the father of independent filmmaking.”

The title owes to the fact that decades before the phrase “indie cinema” was invented and became current, Conde was already producing, writing, directing and even starring in his own independent productions that challenged the hegemony of commercial movie studios such as LVN, Sampaguita, Premiere and Lebran.

Conde produced and directed lavish costume spectacles of Western mythological and historical figures, such as “Siete Infantes de Lara” (1950) and “Sigfredo” (1951), which were blockbusters during their time.

He also portrayed the Filipino everyman, Juan Tamad, in a hit movie series that he himself produced and directed, which were powerful political satires and gave birth to a whole new genre of film that used anachronism to make trenchant commentary on pressing issues of the day.

Decades ahead of Lino Brocka, Kidlat Tahimik and Brillante Mendoza breaking into the international film-festival circuit, Conde’s “Genghis Khan” became the first Filipino movie to be shown in the 1952 Venice Film Festival, the world’s oldest international film festival and the most prestigious, along with those of Cannes and Berlin.

In almost all of his spectacular productions, Conde’s art director and production designer was Carlos “Botong” Francisco, who himself was to be proclaimed National Artist in the 1970s.

Francisco

Along with National Artist Amado Hernandez, the prolific Lazaro Francisco (1898-1980) is perhaps the most important Tagalog fictionist, a reputation that has become more and more unassailable with the critical consensus arising from the republications of several of his novels since his death.

Between 1925 and 1960, Francisco wrote 12 novels which were serialized and eagerly read in Liwayway, the weekly Tagalog magazine. His novels tackled romance, class tensions, tenancy issues and agrarian unrest.

Says literary historian and National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera: “When the history of the Filipino novel is written, Lazaro Francisco is likely to occupy an eminent position in it. Already in Tagalog literature, he ranks among the finest novelists since the beginning of the 20th century.”

“Dalubhasa sa wika, malalim sa pilosopiya, may puso sa dukha, idealistang nangangarap ng magandang daigdig, mamalikmatahin niya ang mambabasa... upang pagkaraa’y matuklasan nitong ang mata’y tinamaan na ng liwanag ni Lazaro Francisco [Wordsmith, deep thinker, champion of the poor, an idealist... the reader who dreams of a better world would discover he has all along been dazzled and inspired by the light of Lazaro Francisco],” wrote the late Tagalog contemporary fictionist Rogelio R. Sikat.



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Thursday, July 30, 2009

PGMA NAMES SEVEN NEW NATIONALARTISTS


PGMA names seven new National Artists

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has signed the proclamation honoring seven individuals who have made substantial contributions to the development of Philippine art.

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said the Order of National Artists (formerly known as the National Artists Award) is the highest national recognition given to Filipino artists.

Ermita made the announcement minutes before the President and her lean delegation boarded a commercial Philippine Air Lines flight bound for the United States for her historic meeting with American President Barack Obama.

The new national artists are:

Manuel P. Urbano alias Manuel Conde for his great contribution in the field of film and broadcast arts (posthumous); Lazaro A. Franscisco for literature (posthumous); Federico Aguilar Alcuaz for visual arts, paintings sculpture and mixed media; Cecilia Guidote-Alvarez for theater; Magno Jose Carlo Caparas for visual arts and films; Francisco Bobby Manosa for architecture; and Jose Pitoy Moreno for fashion design.

The award is given to Filipino artists, living or dead, with Filipino citizenship, who through the content and form of their works, contributed in building a Filipino sense of nationhood, pioneered in a style of creative expression which had a profound impact on succeeding generations of artists; built a substantial body of works with a consistency and excellence and who enjoy broad acceptance, critical acclaim and respect and esteem of their peers. (PND)


Wednesday, 29 July 2009
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

THE SUARELLI BROTHERS HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH EACH OTHER


EVERYTHING TO DO WITH YOU

Performance tandem Costantino Zicarelli and Angelo V. Suarez continue their investigation of space and language in their first two-man show together, “The Suarelli Brothers Have Nothing to Do w/ Each Other.” Billed as siblings whose surname is a conflation of their actual surnames, Zicarelli and Suarez pair up to both interrogate and celebrate the inherent violence of pairing: How do two things that have nothing to do with each other — or people, such as themselves – come together? The primary aesthetic (one can almost say ethic) or technique that is apparent is juxtaposition: image against image, person against person, praxis against praxis, system against system, structure against structure. While the two profess no particular allegiance to the Surrealist movement, one cannot help but be reminded of the line by Le Comte de Lautreamont (considered a precursor of Surrealism) in this emphasis on the notion of encounter: “Beautiful as the chance meeting of a sewing machine and an umbrella on a dissecting table.”

True to their backgrounds, the artists engage the media that are most familiar to them and they have become known for. Zicarelli, for instance, in his focus on painting — with three well-received solo exhibitions under his belt — makes use of large diptychs as a formal strategy for interrogating couplings as varied as the somber and the absurd, the clinical and the gritty. Suarez, on the other hand — with three published books to his name — makes heavy use of words, finding possibility for poetry that engages the site and materials it inhabits, from photography as a means for documentation to mail not just as medium for correspondence but as correspondence in itself.

“The Suarelli Brothers Have Nothing to Do w/ Each Other” opens Saturday, August 1, at 6:00 p.m., and will at the blanc compound, 359 Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City. For more information, please call or sms 752-0032 / 0920-9276436, email info@blanc.ph or visit www.blanc.ph, www.blancartspace.multiply.com

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

KALEIDOSCOPE


Kaleidoscope
Ina Ayala, Mintio and MM Yu
July 29 - August 22, 2009
Opening Reception: July 29, 2009, Wednesday, 6pm

Kaleidoscope will be the very first full-color show by Silverlens Gallery. The show is a mix of three artists, Ina Ayala, Mintio and MM Yu, with very different perceptions of space and reality. The show captures the polychromatic urban soul through Ina Ayala’s painterly abstractions, Mintio’s explosions of light and MM Yu’s street documentary style.

Ina Ayala, a painter and photographer, delivers a fresh and curious approach, as she captures the textures and discolorations of things time left behind. She collaborates with nature and photographs its effects on urban detritus, as a result, producing rich nostalgic images reminiscent of modern paintings.

Mintio is young, vibrant, up and coming photographer from Singapore. She takes snippets from urban scenes as she travels Asia and blows them up into fragments of light and color in an organized space. She reflects each image evenly within the frame, much like a kaleidoscope, blurring the starting and ending points of the frame, producing a new cohesive abstract image. Each of her frames is attuned to light, color and the ostensible geometry of her environment. The images are visually astounding from afar and sustain awe as the viewer is drawn closer to see the minute details of her layered photographs.

MM Yu, is essentially a photographer and a visual artist. The CCP Thirteen Artists Awardee, makes apparent the whimsical happenstance of urban Manila. She draws us to see the remarkable bursts of color amidst the concrete maze of the city. MM retains a sense of humor capturing coincidental curiosities and instances that are intrinsic in the local culture.

Kaleidoscope reveals the patterns and textures that make up the vivid cityscape and divulges each artists’ intimate and personal perception of reality.

Kaleidoscope by Ina Ayala, Mintio and MM Yu opens at 6 pm on July 29, 2009 and runs until the 22nd of August 2009 at Silverlens Gallery.

Kaleidoscope will be shown alongside Dead Ends and False Starts by Mariano Ching at SLab and Land of Promise by Gail Vicente and Marija Vicente at 20Square Gallery.

For inquiries, contact Silverlens Gallery at 2/F YMC Bldg. II, 2320 Pasong Tamo Ext., Makati, 816-0044, 0905-2650873, or manage@silverlensphoto.com. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 10am–7pm and Saturdays 1–6pm. www.silverlensphoto.com.

Images (L-R):
Ina Ayala, Untitled 1, 2009; Mintio, Concrete Euphoria: Mongkok, Hong Kong, detail, 2009;
MM Yu, Colored Straw, detail, 2009

Thursday, July 23, 2009

13:52 GAWA DOS @ THE GSIS MUSEO NG SINING LOWER GALLERY

5 EXHIBITS AT NINEVEH ART SPACE


“STREET DIORAMAS” (4th solo show of Rene Cuvos)

The surreal, often witty and hyper-realist paintings of Rene never fail to captivate. A BFA graduate (major in advertising) of PWU and based in Cavite, he is a full-time artist.

“SCARECROWS” (9th solo show of Edwin Jumalon)

Based in Zamboanga City, Edwin heads a family of artists including CCP 13 artists awardee Winner. Aside from 8 solos, he has participated in some 40 group shows, showing his versatility in both abstract and figurative works.

“HINUBOG NG PAET” (sculptures by Ben Dailo & Bisoy Iglesia)

Veteran sculptor Ben and 1st-timer Bisoy team up to demonstrate the excellence of Paete sculptors. Both full-time artists, they have dared go beyond the ordinary and mediocre. Ben heads the Ukit-Kinale Artists Group and Tangkas Sining-Laguna; Bisoy did the 2007 Cinemanila bulol trophy.

“KWADRADO” (group show by Maya Correa, Bon Mujeres, Raphy Pagarigan & Juanito Torres)

All products of the UP College of Fine Arts and, with the exception of Mujeres, the Phil.High School for the Arts, they were among the first to exhibit at NINEVEH. Two of them – Bon and Juanito – have had solo shows. Their distinct treatments of Filipino themes are always visual delights.

“SIDELIGHTS” (group show by AGAWEXENA)

An informal grouping of Manila-Laguna artists mostly from TUP, the AGAWEXENA artists are: Rey Angelo, Richard Apostol, Dennis Campos, Herald Corpus, Ramon dl Cruz, Rendy dl Cruz, Cesar Delgado, Beck Dolecen, Alger Guevarra, Lito Jandayan, May Jandayan, Luigi Juinio, Alrashdi Mohammad, Lirio Salvador, Chriseo Sipat and Carlo Talion.

The exhibits will open on July 26 (Sunday) at 2pm.
The exhibits will run up to August 19, 2009.
For details, please contact Mr. Marvien De Leon at (049)501-6617, (049)572-6617, 0927-9313951, 0905-4281329 or 0908-6585164. www.esnips.com/web/ninevehartspace

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

CALADO AT BATO


Renowned Filipina painter Araceli Limcaco Dans will, for the first time in years, exhibit her personal collection of works as the 2009 Director’s Choice at Ayala Museum’s ArtistSpace. Calado at Bato runs from 15 to 27 July 2009.

The Director's Choice is a special exhibition held once a year within the ArtistSpace calendar at the Ayala Museum. Artists selected range from National Artists to artists exhibiting unusual promise. Past Director's Choice artists include painter Romulo Olazo (2008), photographer Victor Sollorano (2007), glass sculptor Ramon Orlina (2006) and National Artist Arturo Luz (2005).

After obtaining her Fine Arts degree in just three years, the Araceli Limcaco Dans’ involvement in the visual arts world continued to expand through national and international exhibitions, from artist to art educator, raising all the while juggling a family of 10 children. Her awards and distinctions include the 1999 Centennial Awards of the Cultural Center of the Philippines for Painting and Art Education, Mariang Maya Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Visual Arts, Citizens’ Award for Television for Best Educational Program Series for Adventures in Art and I Like Art.

Born on December 9, 1929, Araceli or Cheloy as she was fondly nicknamed, drew and sketched everything from Mickey and Minnie Mouse to her classmates and teacher during classes. She was inspired to draw after observing her uncle and brother sketching away while her father played Polo at the old Manila Polo Club on Roxas Boulevard.

Cheloy’s father, Eleuterio Limcaco enrolled the very young artist in formal art lessons under Angela Fernandez at the Santa Rosa College. Fernandez’s method of teaching greatly influenced Cheloy and her works reflect the artist’s well-trained eye for detail and color with such precision and accuracy.

World War II maed the young artist into the youngest guerrilla on record for her propaganda comic strips. While in fourth year high school at the Philippine Women’s University, Cheloy was given permission by Fernando Amorsolo to enroll as a special student at the University of the Philippines School of Fine Arts Padre Faura campus. As a student of National Artists Fernando Amorsolo and Guillermo Tolentino, Cheloy’s circle of schoolmates at the U.P. School of Fine Arts included the likes of Napoleon Abueva, Larry Alcala, Celia Diaz-Laurel, Jose Moreno, Rody Ragodon, Juvenal Sanso, Lucy Vergara-Fernando, Corito Araneta-Kalaw and Katy Yatco-Bengzon.

Calado at Bato will present works in a wide variety of media, ranging from paintings in oil, watercolor and acrylic to sculptures in bronze. Included in the exhibit is her latest medium using stone slate on petrified wood easels, while calling to mind the artist’s Calado series, named after the embroidery technique of creating tiny geometric holes and patterns. The wooden easels were designed by Apo Hiking Society member, Danny Javier to compliment the Dans Paintings on slate.

Established in 2004 and formerly known as MuseumSpace, ArtistSpace is a commercial-run gallery owned by the Ayala Museum. ArtistSpace dedicates itself to the promotion of Philippine contemporary art and talent. By featuring a wide range of styles and media and a different artist every two weeks, ArtistSpace aims to cultivate curiosity about new art and encourage viewership by young professionals, students, and other adults.

The ArtistSpace is located at the 2/F Glass Wing of the Ayala Museum, and is accessible via the 2/F pedestrian walkway. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends. Admission to ArtistSpace is free.

Monday, July 20, 2009

MANILART 2009 GALA NIGHT































ManilArt09: Fair of Latest Contemporary Art Works
Rei Alba 07.07.2009

Manila is a vibrant city with one of Southeast Asia's most pulsating art scenes. A lot of artists here are renowned internationally and their works command astounding prices at auctions abroad. Meanwhile, art collectors here are among the most sophisticated in the region. Very discerning and hard to please, they can tell if a painting has substance to it or not and they don’t mind paying more for something they think is of better value. The art galleries here, on the other hand, have kept pace with the global uptrend by growing both in number and in size. Many, in fact, have done well by joining major exhibitions all over the world. This is why it is surprising that, unlike most of our neighbors such as Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, we do not have an international art fair to call our own. That is until now. From July 16 to 19, 2009, Manila finally plays host to Asia’s latest contemporary art fair at the NBC Tent, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila.

Dubbed Manilart 09, this historical art fair is participated in by no less than 40 of the country’s leading galleries and some from the Southeast Asian region, presenting their finest examples of contemporary paintings and sculptures. One can just imagine the variety of artworks to be viewed in an exhibition of this magnitude. A total of over 500 artworks are on display for the first time under one roof. It’s a chance for the global art community to gather together and see what our brightest talents have to offer to the visual arts and to exchange opinions and insights about its ever changing realm. There are live art performances, daily forums and lectures, simultaneous art book launchings, on-the-spot painting competition, art auction, charity fund-raisers, painting demonstrations and other engaging activities scheduled throughout its duration - a truly epic event in Philippine art. The Preview Night, which is strictly by-invitation only, was be held on July 16, 2009 from 6pm to 11pm. This exclusive affair brought together the who’s who in Philippine Art and serves as a prelude to the art fair proper.

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