Art Fair Philippines, the premiere platform for exhibiting the best in Philippine contemporary art held its grand launch on Monday in Makati City, where the event’s gallery exhibitions and line-up excited visual arts aficionados.
After two highly successful runs, the fair once again transforms The Link, the car park building in Ayala Center, into an enclave for the country’s top galleries from February 5 to 8.
To widen the selection of the art on view, the 2015 roster also includes participants from around the Southeast Asian region. A curated section of solo presentations by the most exciting names in Philippine art will complement the gallery features.
Roberto Feleo, professor, and mentor to a generation of artists, takes over the central exhibit space in The Link’s sixth level to debut life-sized pieces that delve into a pivotal point in Philippine history.
In consultation with Dr. Patrick Flores, curator of the Philippine pavilion to the 56th Venice Biennale, a portion of the car park’s seventh level will highlight pieces by Poklong Anading, Annie Cabigting, Buen Calubayan, Mariano Ching and Yasmin Sison, Kawayan de Guia, Alfredo Esquillo Jr., Geraldine Javier, and Maria Taniguchi. These special exhibits showcase works conceptualized for Art Fair Philippines 2015.
Mike Adrao’s highly detailed drawings imbue the fair’s reception area with a socio-political gothic vibe.
As in 2014, Christie’s will run Art Fair Philippines’ lecture series, Christie’s Art Forum. An array of talks designed to deepen the interest of enthusiasts is planned to run daily for the duration of the fair.
Spaces for 33 galleries, eight of them based outside the Philippines, will spread out over two levels. The 2015 participating galleries are: 1335 Mabini, Altromondo, Archivo, Arndt, Art Cube, Artesan, Art Informal, Art Verite, Avellana Art Gallery, Blanc, Boston Gallery, Canvas, Crucible, Edouard Malingue Gallery, Equator Art Projects, Finale Art File, Galeria Duemila, Galerie Michael Janssen, J Studio, MO_, Nova Gallery, Nunu Fine Art, Pablo, Paseo Gallery, ROH Projects, Salcedo Private View, Secret Fresh, Silverlens, Taksu, The Drawing Room, Tin-Aw Art Gallery, Vinyl on Vinyl, West Gallery.
Art Fair Philippines continues to work with Kenneth Cobonpue and his team to fine-tune the fair’s layout. All day casual dining and beverages are made available through food and beverage partners Kai Restaurant, The Straits Wine Company, and Coca Cola.
Official hotel partners are the Raffles and Fairmont Makati, Holiday Inn and Suites, and InterContinental Manila.
For more information, log on to www.artfairphilippines.com, www.facebook.com/artfairph; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or call 831-0953.