Saturday, February 14, 2009 at 6:00pm until Sunday, March 8, 2009
Manila Contemporary Gallery
Whitespace 2314 Chino Roces Avenue Pasong Tamo Extension
Contemporary Responses to the Life and Work of Fernando Amorsolo
After officially launching Manila Contemporary on 13 December 2008, the gallery opens the new year with a critical take on the iconic Fernando Amorsolo. Curated by Jonathan Olazo, BAYAN NI NANDING VERSUS THE POSTMODERN WORLD: CONTEMPORARY RESPONSES TO THE LIFE AND WORK OF FERNANDO AMORSOLO commences on Saturday, 17 January and runs until 7 February 2009.
Operating on the ambivalent responses of contemporary artists, BAYAN NI NANDING seeks to review the relevancy of the first National Artist for the Visual Arts Fernando Cueto Amorsolo in art practice today. The exhibition is made up for thematic and critical responses. The former includes “modernizing” Amorsolo’s themes by appropriating his iconography and creating variations of his images. The critical direction on the other hand, looks at the infamous web of commercialism Amorsolo is mired into by the art public. Neither conclusive nor judgemental, these responses indicates the negative effect on the stature of Amorsolo.
BAYAN NI NANDING VERSUS THE POSTMODERN WORLD presents the responses of Ronald Achacoso, Pablo Baens Santos, Manuel Baldemor, Bencab, Bea Camacho, Kiri Dalena, RM de Leon, Manny Garibay, Alfredo Liongoren, Isa Lorenzo, Fernando Modesto, Wawi Navarroza, Romulo Olazo, Jucar Raquepo, Dan Raralio, Alwin Reamillo, Raul Rodriguez, Igi Rodriguez, Soler, Don Salubayba, Judy Freya Sibayan, Jay Yao, Rollie D. Yusi and Costantino Zicarelli.
Joining them is a class of Fine Art undergraduates from Amorsolo’s alma mater, University of the Philippines: Rinnie Abrugena, Catalina Africa, Dean Africa, Louie Ano-Os, Raymond Carlos, Francis Commeyne, Raphael Daniel David, Cian Dayrit, Paola Germar, Maria Jeona, Eunice Lacaste, Aldrin Olaguer, Melvin Pollero, Kaloy Sanchez, Alden Santiago, Joseph Soliman, Jerome Suplemento, Nikki Valenzuela and Leo Velasco.
Start Time: Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 6:00pm
End Time: Saturday, February 7, 2009 at 7:00pm
Location: Manila Contemporary , Whitespace, 2314 Pasong Tamo Extension, Brgy Magallanes, Makati City
MANILA CONTEMPORARY opens with the exhibition, All I Want For Christmas…,
MANILA CONTEMPORARY opens with the exhibition, All I Want For Christmas…, on 13 December which will feature a colorful array of artists from the local scene as well as the rest of Southeast
Asia. This heady visual concoction demonstrates the breadth and width of contemporary art practice of the region – from watercolor and oil to photography and installation.
Participating local artists include, Jonathan Olazo, RM de Leon, Jay Ticar, Don Salubayba, Elaine Navas, Clairelynn Uy, Bubot Raquepo, Alvin Villaruel, MM Yu, Romulo Olazo, Soler Santos, Arturo Luz, Costantino Zicarelli, Pandy Aviado, Christina Quisumbing, Popo San Pascual, Bubbles de Leon, Julian Araos, Amy Aragon, At Maculangan, Louie Cordero, Cris Villanueva Jr., Fernando Amorsolo,Ofelia Gelvezon-Tequi, Valeria Cavestany, Francisco Pellicer Viri, Jerry Araos, Arturo Luz, Anthony Palomo, Geraldine Javier and Jonathan Ching.
All I Want For Christmas… is also the event to be acquainted with other contemporary Southeast Asian artists such as Manit Sriwanichpoom, RE Hartanto, Kokok Sancoko; Ronald Manulang; Stefan Buana, Agus Purnomo, Jalaini Abu Hassan, Yee I Lann, Ariadithya Pramuhendra, Dedy Sufriadi; Chong Siew Ying, Popok Tri Wahyudi, Natee Utarit, Ronald Manullang, Jimmy Ong, Eko Nugroho, Claudio Bravo, Agus Suwage, Putu Sutawijaya and Mella Jaarsma.