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Raye Sanchez

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Art Fair Philippines returns for the eighth time with a bigger (literally) and better showcase on 21 to 23 February at The Link, Makati City.

The premier art exhibition will showcase new spaces and sections enough to excite first-time visitors and feed art connoisseurs’ cravings. sixty-one exhibitors from both abroad and the Philippines await the exhibit goers.

ArtFairPH level up
Dedicated to expanding the audience for Philippine Visual Arts, the 2020 edition will include the ArtFairPH/Projects section with the help of Norman Crisologo as the consultant and Ed Lacson as the designer of the exhibition. This section will feature interactive and stimulating commissions by internationally-renowned Filipino artists as well as off-the-radar artists.

Visitors can look forward to a special display of drawings from the familial collection of the late Onib Olmedo, shedding the spotlight on the late artist’s influence on other artists active to this day. Onib Olmedo was an award-winning Filipino expressionist painter.

Also in the lineup are the works of the late Sol Lewitt through New York-based curator and art historian Carina Evangelista. Lewitt was an iconic American artist known for his contributions to Conceptual Art and Minimalism.

Hublot, the official timekeeper of Art Fair Philippines 2020, will also present new works by critically-acclaimed Filipino painter, Rodel Tapaya.

SOL LeWitt. Cathy Maris

ArtFairPH/Talks will continue to offer educational dialogues for visitors. A panel on Onib Olmedo will be present, while contemporary Filipino painter Elmer Borlongan and post-war and contemporary painter Allan Cosio will speak. Author Carlomar Daona will moderate.

Another art aficionado who is willing to share his knowledge is the Italian ambassador to the Philippines, Giorgio Guglielmino. He will share insights on his book entitled The Originals.
For this year’s ArtFairPH/Photo, the premier art exhibition aims to garner more support for contemporary photography among Filipinos. In the limelight are the works of Poklong Anading, a Filipino contemporary artist.

Chosen parts of Makati Central Business District will also take part in the exhibition through the initiative of The 10 Days of Art. There, Art Fair Philippines will mount artworks in galleries, museums, bars, restaurants and retail establishments 10 days before the actual opening of the exhibition. This is to celebrate art beyond the venue of the fair.

What’s new?
Art Fair Philippines 2020 introduces ArtFairPH/Film which it will reveal how cinema has evolved and is continuously evolving. This section also celebrates 100 years of Philippine cinema through a viewing of best feature-length and short films, narrative and experimental, and documentary and animation — a nod to Philippine cinema diversity.

Next is the ArtFairPH/Open Studios which presents a two-day workshop on photography, lighting techniques and wooden furniture by seasoned artists Paco Guererro, Neal Oshima and Mark Nicdao and Benji Reyes, respectively, as well as different sets of demonstrations.

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Finally, ArtFairPH/Incubators, a creative space outside a mainstream gallery format, will include an interactive, beehive-like environment virtual reality piece by Issay Rodriguez curated by Sandra Palomar.

Tickets will be available at the reception area of the venue but you can score tickets before the show dates on Art Fair Philippines’ official website, www.artfairphilippines.com. For more information, follow Art Fair Philippines @artfairph on Facebook and Instagram.

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