“For everything, there is a season. And now is the time,” says RM de Leon. “Because how much wagging of our tails do we have to do? Every time we have a show, it’s all about us. It’s getting boring!” The artist, who knows a thing or two about being the center of attention, having had many shows to his name, is talking about the 70-year old gallerist Silvana Diaz. “I totally believe that now is the time to say thank you to this beautiful lady after all these years. She has remained steadfast. She is not bothered by the shock of the new. She’s stood behind us.” It is late afternoon on a Saturday at Galeria Duemila, the Pasay compound that houses Diaz’s art space and residence, and the mood is festive. De Leon, together with colleagues Jonathan Olazo and Trek Valdizno, has organized a show paying homage to Silvana Ancelotti-Diaz. Called “An Italian in Manila,” it is a tribute to the gallerist’s … [Read more...] about Silvana Diaz: from Italian outsider to art world pioneer
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MANILA -- Since 1816, photography has become a standard visual communication method—whether it’s a personal hobby, a form of documentation, used for education, entertainment, or journalism, millions have poured their heart, soul, and vision into taking that perfect snapshot. And yet, this question still stands among fine art circles. Participants at this year’s Art Fair 2018 tackled the question of whether or not photography is an art form, as they explored what photography means to contemporary Filipino art. In the exploratory and pioneering photography exhibit, ArtFairPH/Photo, some of the country’s best photographers, curators, and impresarios got together and sat down with "State of the Art" host Iza Calzado to talk about the marriage of photography and art. "State of the Art" is the latest art show offering of ANCX, the new lifetyle block on ANC. Featured here are personalities in the creative industry who have made it possible to … [Read more...] about News Clickbait: Is photography art or not?
MANILA -- In the first episode of "State of the Art" on ANC-X, the show zeroed in on groundbreaking modern Filipino artists who have redefined the local creative scene. Until the past few decades, Philippine art has thrived within an insular circle of creators whose works represented mostly traditional Filipino ideals, ideologies, and culture. Gradually, a new wave of local artists began breaking through demographic and cultural barriers, as their work ventured towards broader discussions ranging from the lofty to the mundane. A select few from this group contributed their works to the first Manila Biennale held in Intramuros early this year. Largely focused on installation and video art, the maiden effort of the event sought to discuss, through art, the present state of the city vis a vis its colonial history. If you were intrigued by these artists and would like to see more of their work, we put together a little introduction. 1. Pete Jimenez (b. 1960) … [Read more...] about News Maiden episode of ‘State of the Art’ is all about the best in contemporary art
Whang-od, the iconic mambabatok of Kalinga, will receive the Dangal ng Haraya award, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) announced this week. First handed out in 2001, the national award is given to individuals who have made a lasting impact and significant contribution to the country's culture and arts. Senators Edgardo Angara and Loren Legarda are among those who have been conferred with the prestigious honor. The NCCA said the presentation for Whang-od will be held on June 25. The commission described her as one of the Philippines' most "recognized and respected master tattooist." She "deserves honor and acknowledgement for her contributions, particularly by bringing to greater attention the indigenous practice of tattooing and Filipino culture in general," the NCCA said. Watch more in iWantv or TFC.tv Whang-od is the last surviving original, hand-tap tattoo artist from Kalinga's Butbut tribe. Her worldwide popularity began in 2009 when … [Read more...] about News Whang-od to receive award for contribution to PH culture, arts
MANILA—The House Committee on Basic Education and Culture has adopted a resolution recognizing the contribution of late renowned artist Mauro “Malang” Santos to Filipino culture and arts. Malang, the mononym by which he has become known, started out as a cartoonist and an illustrator for the Manila Chronicle, where his comic strips titled "Kosme the Cop" (Retired) and "Chain Gang Charlie" became a hit. Filipino artist 'Malang' passes away at 89 He was also known for paintings that captured familiar street scenes and slices of life rendered in a unique play of colors and lines, artwork coveted by collectors and industry enthusiasts. Malang was among the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines in 1963 and was named Artist of the Year by the Society of Philippine Illustrators and Cartoonists in 1964. He was conferred with the Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan (“Guide of Arts and Culture”) award by the City of Manila in 1981. Filipino artist 'Malang' … [Read more...] about News House panel honors Malang for contributions to national culture, arts