Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Manila Art 2011: 3rd Philippine International Art Fair at NBC Tent (Aug. 24-27. 2011)

The National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Bonafide Art Galleries Organization (BAGO) present the biggest showcase of visual arts, ManilArt 2011 on August 24-27, 2011 at the NBC Tent in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. On its third year, over 300 artists are being represented in this exhibition by the top art galleries in the Philippines.

“Viewers shall witness a groundbreaking launch—the simultaneous opening of various art exhibitions during gala night. Exhibitors will not simply be showcasing the works of artists they represent but each gallery shall be presenting a conceptualized art exhibit.” said Delan Lopez Robillos, ManilArt 2011 director. “

ManilArt 2011 promises a more diverse and vibrant art exposition. I was able to attend the opening of Manila Art in 2009 and I must say that the exhibition then was such a fantastic gathering of artists, art patrons, art collectors and art enthusiasts. The maiden run of ManilArt 2009 had a painting of a jeepney by Onib Olmedo as its banner piece, while 2010 bared Andres Barrioquinto’s “Crystal Gazer.” For this year, ManilArt is privileged to have Elmer Borlongan's “Batang Edsa” in the poster.

Participating galleries were required to propose unique concepts for their exhibitions. Different art discourses will be witnessed from semiotics to internet art. ManilArt 2011 seeks to merge the visual arts with other disciplines. Programs include a modern-dance interpretation of Borlongan’s art by premier contemporary-dance maven and Dance Forum founder, Myra Beltran during the gala.

Layout of the Participating Galleries
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Thursday, August 25, 2011
• 2 pm, Lecture Room
How We Turn Paintings Into Bicycles: Lessons In Art, Law and The Internet
by Atty. Gigo Alampay, Executive Director, Canvas.ph

• 3:30 pm, Lecture Room
"The Rocking Horse" children's book reading
by Carisse Escueta, Executive Director, RepubLIKHA.org

• 4:30 pm, Lecture Room

Basic Art Sketching/Drawing 
by Artists in Residence with Gawad Kalinga kids
by Artists In Residence

Friday, August 26, 2011
• 2 pm, Lecture Room
Semiotics In Visual Art
by Dr. Oscar V. Campomanes, art critic and professor of critical theory and cultural studies in ADMU

• 4 pm, Lecture Room
Book signing of "Revolutionary Routes" 
by Angela Stuart Santiago with guest National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera

Saturday, August 27, 2011
• 2 pm, Stage Area (Near Looking For Juan Art Space booth)
"Rizalpabeto: Visuals and Poetry
by Vim Nadera, poet, fictionist, playwright and essayist

• 2:30 pm, Lecture Room
"Message In The Sand" - children's book reading
by Heidi Franco
"Sol: A legend about the Sun" - children's book reading

by Ina Stuart Santiago

• 4 pm, Stage Area
Secret Fresh Art Demo/Lecture 
by JP Cuison

• 4:30 pm, Lecture Room
Basic Art Sketching/Drawing

by Artists In Residence

ManilArt 2011 also has prepared something for children where they can enjoy the storybook reading hour at the lecture room. The Rocking Horse which features paintings by Elmer Borlongan will be read aloud by Carisse Escueta, a former preschool teacher who is now executive director of RepubLikha. Carisse was my classmate in DLSU (Manila) and also a co-faculty in De La Salle-Zobel where we used to teach.

Radio and TV personalities, Gang Badoy of Rock Ed Philippines and Ramon Bautista, have also been invited to read.

For details, call (632) 5316231 or +63.917.8511333, or e-mail info@manilart.com. Visit www.manilart.com.

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