Everything the Truly Rich Lady Has Seen, Overheard, Thought About at Art Fair Philippines
Very, very few occasions compel the Truly Rich Lady to break her self-imposed exile, slip her rickety bones into something uncomfortable, and bless the world with her dragon presence.
Among these are the funeral of a Truly Rich Ancestor (to ascertain the flow of money), the wedding of the Truly Rich Nephew (because the union is beneficial), the opening of a theater or ballet production (but only the very first show and never the succeeding ones), and the annual Art Fair Philippines.
There are many reasons why the art celebration is
Art is money. Say
Art is taste. Says my Truly Rich Neighbor, “I approve this wall!” Upon leading her to a room, where she spied a gallery of portraits, she was dazzled—and I won.
And I desire both money and taste, so I must have the art for the walls that will dazzle.
In this part of the world, art has indeed become a signifier for Truly Richness. When you can dress your house in paintings by the masters, portraits of various family members by leading artists, and other framed scenes, from classic to contemporary, you are not only telling the world that, “I have so many walls,” but you are also declaring, “I do not want my many walls to be cold so I must put things on them.”
Readers, I will now burden you with my random musings about art. Here are very recent snippets from my diary.
I want to show even more that I am a queen of the people, a lady with the common touch. So I will run into the sweaty mass of critics, creatives, tastemakers, journos, fans, looky-loos, students, celebrities, and others with open arms. I will gaze into their eyes and say, “I am happy to see you, too” and “Goodbye.”
I will dress in protective gear, of course, for I do not want to catch the flu! I think a midi with sleeves and
I do enjoy the idea of bringing the creative spirit closer to spirits who do not enjoy having weekly body scrubs and monthly laser treatments.
I am excited.
Oh, never mind the art. I have seen all the important works as well as the new and notable ones. What I want to observe and study are the people!
You can really tell who is who in this crowd. Over there is a lady who owns a gallery, a small gallery. I can tell because she has small
Oh, this one looks lost and may really be lost because she is a child. Where is her mother?
And there is Tina, my friend. I must hide behind this big person for I did not attend Talky Tina's dinner.
That one buys from the international galleries and auctions—which begs the question: Why is she here in person? Oooh, the one over there is the secret source of the money, the man who pulls the strings.
Excuse me, random
Truly Rich Mother begged—actually warned!—me to not buy another painting from the Art Fair. “Where will you put it, Si-si?” she asked with her left eyebrow raised to high heavens. “There are so many canvases languishing in your room. Do not buy any more, please!”
But when I brought home a small painting by a hot-right-now artist, she said, “Dearest, can I hang this in my bedroom?” She used her sweet voice, by the way, and I let her have it because I am a good daughter.
Later, when Truly Rich Father saw the abstraction above the bed, he said, “I don’t like this.” Oops.
I had too many glasses of wine at the Town&Country bar, so I ended up buying a large-format installation that worries me because: 1.) It will not fit into any of the rooms at the moment; 2.) It is expensive; 3.) We have dogs; 4.)
I do not understand art today. Take me to the of pastoral scenes of Amorsolo, the chic mood of Alcuaz, the Europe of Luna.
When I look at my own portraits, I sometimes think about the unfairness of life. Why was I not at the right time and place when portraitist Claudio Bravo did his sittings for Manila’s loveliest? How come I am not draped in cloth and made alive with vivid
Instead, I have a too-realistic render of my face or worse, some kind of blown-up interpretation that highlights the large quality of head. (I think a lot!)
Okay, okay, what I'm really having a hard time with is this: How do I inject the strange scenes of modern art into my large collection of classic paintings on the main wall of the living room, whose dominant
Oh, oh, oh! The young Miss Red, the new wife of the old
Well, of course, all the good stuff are spoken for. Everyone knows that, in order to get the choicest pieces, you should whisper into the ear of the artists, curators, or exhibitors well before the fair start.
I talked to my guy, who talked to his guy, who talked to this artisan—and now I have another painting to not hang on the many walls of my house.