From never-before-seen artworks here in the Philippines to new installations and innovative layouts, Art Fair Philippines 2019 goes big on its 7th year.
There are over 52 galleries, 16 of which are from outside the Philippines, a number of special exhibits, which will be staged for the very first time in the country, and several new innovations that promise to make this year's edition a must-see.
1. New bridgeway to get to the world of art
A new bridgeway located at the 3rd floor of Landmark will open to make the event accessible to all interested viewers. But the bridge will not only lead visitors directly to the fair, it will also give them a taste of art through Neal Oshima and Olivia D’Aboville’s “Plastic in our Oceans” exhibit that sends a call for help with regards to the plastic pollution all over the world.
2. Never-before seen and experienced participative artwork
One of the most internationally recognized Filipino artists, David Medalla, is bringing his masterpiece “A Stitch in Time” for the very first time here in the Philippines.
Displayed in multiple cities around the world, "A Stitch in Time" tries to let viewers grasp memory. Medalla stitches his own memory keepsake and lets the viewers stitch their own memories into the artwork as they come on by.
Another well-known participative artwork, although not the first in the country, is the late Ray Albano’s “Step on the Sand and Make Footprints” that lets viewers leave their footprints on a large and wide sandbox.
3. Botero and his signature style
For the very first time, Fernando Botero, one of the most famous artists from Latin America, will feature his artworks here in the Philippines. He is well known for his “Boterismo” style of painting depicting figures and objects in large proportions.
His grandson, Dr. Felipe Botero, will also be holding a talk called “The Art of Fernando Botero” to discuss his grandfather’s art legacy to the public.
As a local counterpart to the exciting Colombian exhibit, Art Fair is giving space to an equally respected figure from the Philippine art scene, Mauro Malang Santos. His son Soler has selected pieces from the family’s private collection that will be showcased in a special exhibit, “Malang’s Women.”
4. Art Fair PH/Photo comes with a new set of artists
It was last year's Fair big innovation and it proved to be a hit. Art Fair PH/Photo this year will feature a collection of photographs for the viewers to see and appreciate. For the first time this year, Art Fair will be featuring artworks from Team Lab, known to produce digital works, as well as works from well-known and well-loved photographer MM Yu.
5. A Talk on Art and Taxes
It's never been done before during the Art Fair, a talk called, “Tax 101: Taxes for artists and creatives” will be featured by well experienced lawyers to help and aid artists and creatives in their journey through the industry.
Other artists to watch for are Liv Vinluan, Ryan Villamael, Oca Villamiel, Ian Fabro, Christina Quisimbing Ramilo.
In partnership with National Bookstore, art historian Kathy Galitz from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York will be sharing her extensive knowledge with local art enthusiasts regarding her book on the eighteenth and nineteenth century French art.
Art Fair Philippines 2019 will open its doors on February 22 to 24, from 10 am to 9pm. — LA, GMA News