Whenever I travel, I always make it a point to visit that place’s museum, tourist bait or otherwise. While some might argue that it’s a waste of time looking back on the past or focusing on art than immersing in the real world and the present, I always find myself entertained, educated, and enriched by each visit, so I shall continue to do so.
As someone who occasionally paints and draws (I used to do this more often when I was younger, but alas, I choose to just sleep or blog on weekends when I try to recover from a busy workweek), I always have deep appreciation for art, and I never tire of admiring works of art—especially that of our local artists.
So, if I may make a suggestion for this weekend, let’s all check out Art Fair Philippines, brought to us by the city of Makati, and co-presented by Ayala Land and Globe Platinum, among others. The city has hosted this signature attraction since 2013 and it has become a platform for showcasing Filipino talent while making it accessible to more people.
Art Fair Philippines 2016 organizers and partners at the VIP launch last February 17, 2016 (L-R: Franz Decloedt, Marketing Director of Volkswagen Philippines; Jose Juan “Giggio” Jugo, Group Head, Ayala Land Premier; Kaisie Del Carmen, Globe Platinum Director; Trickie Lopa, Art Fair Philippines 2016 organizer; Stella Aro, Globe Platinum Brand Activations Manager; Lisa Periquet; Daniel Horan Globe Senior Advisor for Consumer Business; Manny Blas Ayala Land Vice President and Project Development Head for Makati)
Art Fair Philippines culled some of the best galleries not only in the Philippines but in the region, putting the best modern and contemporary artwork up for display. The exhibit will be showcasing the works of different contemporary artists like Mark Justiniani and Leeroy New, etc. In between, art enthusiasts can join various talks tackling art collection, curating, photography, video, and new media, to name a few.
Participating galleries include 1335Mabini, Altro Mondo Arte Contemporanea, Archivo 1984 Gallery, Arndt, Art Cube, Artesan Gallery + Studio, ArtInformal, Art Verite Gallery, Avellana Art Gallery, Blanc, Boston Art Gallery, CANVAS, Edouard Malingue Gallery, Equator Art Projects, Finale Art File, Gajah Gallery, Galeria Cayon, Galleria Duemila, Galerie Michael Janssen, Galerie Stephanie, Galerie Anna, Gallery Kogure, Gallery Orange, J Studio, MO_Space, Nunu Fine Art, PABLO, Paseo Art Gallery, Pinto Art Gallery, Salcedo Private View, Secret Fresh, Silverlens, TAKSU Gallery, The Crucible, The Drawing Room, Tin-Aw Art Gallery, Vinyl on Vinyl, West Gallery, Yavuz Gallery, and YOD Gallery.
Aside from the stunning galleries, two levels of the main fair present a curated section showcasing solo presentations of top-notch artists. ArtFairPH/Talks, the fair’s educational component, will be conducted at the third level. This will comprise daily talks with various topics that will touch on art history, art market, and contemporary art practices. Art Fair Philippines worked hand in hand with the Ateneo Art Gallery to make all these possible and available for fair-goers.
For photos of the celebs spotted at the opening, view the photo gallery. Click the first thumbnail below to enlarge the image, view the caption, and launch the rest of the slideshow.
Art Fair Philippines is officially open for public viewing, now until February 21, 2016, at the Link Carpark, Makati City.
Photos courtesy of Make It Makati