One of the things I looked forward to this year is Art Fair 2019. It’s the biggest art event in the country, inviting 52 galleries to exhibit the best of Philippine and regional art at The Link Carpark in Makati. From February 22 to 24, you can see the breadth of local art and all its styles and movements. If you’re strategic about it, you don’t have to feel overwhelmed trying to see all the pieces spread across five floors.
Here’s what you should check out at Art Fair 2019:
1. David Medalla’s A Stitch in Time. Medalla is a respected artist who has worked with the likes of Fernando Zobel de Ayala and Marcel Duchamp. In A Stitch in Time, guests are encouraged to participate by stitching small items of significance to a large piece of cloth.
2. Ian Fabro’s Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, an atmospheric triptych depicting the story of creation and a dark future. The work is accompanied by piercing wails and otherworldly sounds.
3. Ryan Villamael’s Behold a City, a cutout version of Manila pre-World War II.
5. Oscar Villamiel’s Cheap Medicine, a series of 200 heads with varying facial expressions, all showing laughter being used to mask existential pain.
6. These achingly beautiful photos from Tom Epperson
7. The gorgeous women of Fernando Botero, considered as Colombia’s most famous living artist.
8. Sid Natividad’s Deeper Silence
9. The elegance of Anton del Castillo’s work.
10. Luis Antonio Santos will always be a favorite. This is his Partitions.
11. These strange critters from Tin-Aw Gallery
12. Romeo Lee is another favorite
13. This fascinating tableau by Naomi Mendoza
14. The honesty in Nara Yoshitomo’s Over the Rainbow.
15. These incredible originals by Hiroshige and Hokusai, two ukiyo-e artists from Japan (Hiroshige is considered the last great master of the tradition). I love the Japanese galleries because they’re accommodating even if I obviously can’t afford the P1.1M and P1.2M pricetags. They even offered to take out other prints that were in the stockroom. Seeing them in person was enough.
16. Jim Orencio’s Healing Grounds, an experiential collection featuring nature-inspired works. The space is littered with leaves which makes deliciously crunchy sounds as you walk through them. Inhale and you’ll smell the forest.
17. Yeo Kaa’s exhibit filled with portraits of the same girl done in different colors. Trippy.
18. These gorgeous paintings from Art Underground
19. These slightly ominous paintings by the great Betsy Westendorp
20. Ryoki Kurasaki’s Blindness.
This Art Fair 2019 story is in partnership with Art Fair Philippines. For more information, visit the website or follow them on Facebook and Instagram. For more of my coverage, check out 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2013.