Undoubtedly, the Philippines is an untapped resource for modern and contemporary art. A lot of Filipino artists today are moving towards the genre after all. One only needs to head to the city that makes it all happen, Makati, to view such masterful creations.
This 2015, Makati will once again play host to the much anticipated Art Fair Philippines, organized by Philippine Art Events Inc. To make this year's fair more exciting and to encourage participation from the international community, the Art Fair welcomes artists from other Southeast Asian countries to join the exhibition on February 5 to 8 at The Link, Ayala Center.
Among the participants include Roberto Feleo, professor, and mentor to a generation of artists. He 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 PoklongAnading, Annie Cabigting, BuenCalubayan, 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.
Like the previous year, Christie’s will run Art Fair Philippines’ lecture series, Christie’s Art Forum.
Spaces for thirty-three 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, GaleriaDuemila, 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, and West Gallery.
The Art Fair tapped Kenneth Cobonpue and his team to help design the layout of the exhibition space. Food and drinks will be available through partners Kai Restaurant, The Straits Wine Company, and Coca Cola.
Art Fair Philippines is just one of the many projects of Makati promoting the best of Filipino talent. Each year, the Leader City tries to outdo itself, always creating projects that are bigger, bolder and faster. Since launching the campaign, “Make It Happen. Make it Makati,” the city has been trailblazing in various activities highlighting local art, culture, history, innovations, and other developments.
Many will agree that Makati is a top urban destination, a prime model in terms of highly developed cities in the Philippines. Its cosmopolitan and international appeal continue to attract international companies, expats and tourists alike.
Not the type to rest on its laurels, Makati keeps on providing avenues for connection and participation. New developments are always on the rise in the real estate, hospitality, and food and beverage industries. Surely, there are more opportunities for business and pleasure in Makati than ever.
A large part of Makati's success can be attributed to Ayala Land’s leadership and continuous investment in the city. This unparalleled partnership has helped Makati become the country's preferred lifestyle destination. Ayala Center, for instance, is home to international and business hotels, museums and art galleries, themed restaurants including some of the best fine dining establishments in the country, award-winning malls, among others.
Enticing more visitors, Makati has partnered with MasterCard for its Priceless Makati Staycation promo. It offers clients the chance to stay in one of the four finest iconic global hotel brands namely Raffles Makati, Fairmont Makati, InterContinental Manila, and Holiday Inn & Suites Makati. Those availing of the promo this February can get two complimentary tickets to the Art Fair.
Makati is most definitely the place where it all happens, where you can make things happen. That goes without saying that AFP is at the most appropriate venue.
For more information, visit www.artfairphilippines.com and www.facebook.com/artfairph. ContactSecretariat@artfairphilippines.com or email@example.com at (632) 831-0953.
Tickets are available at the reception area located at the 6th floor of The Link.