Paintings that ask


Artist Maria Cruz exhibits text-based paintings

The Cultural Center of the Philippines and Galleria Duemila presents Psychology Today, a solo show by conceptual     painter Maria Cruz.
Psychology Today is a suite of text-based paintings based on eight out of 17 topics from an advertorial insert of the same name at a 1971 issue of Esquire magazine. The selection strikes a chord in the areas of gender, politics, race,     and identity.

The exhibition aligns with one of Cruz’s recurring themes in her body of work—identifying helplessness and potential in casual text, and eventually dressing them up as vigorous propaganda-like forms. In creating text-based works, the artist has utilized constructivist color systems, color combinations that undermine meaning, and modified color concepts.

Cruz will be giving an Artist talk on July 24, 4 p.m., which will be followed by her Opening Reception at 6 p.m.

Psychology Today will be on view from July 24 until August 24 at the Bulwagang Fernando Amorsolo (Small Gallery) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Viewing Hours are Tuesday to Sunday
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, call the CCP Visual Arts and Museum Division, Production and Exhibition Department at 823-1125 local 1504 or 1505, or Tess Ponce or Mark Arvin Patiag of Galleria Duemila at 831-9990. Visit


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