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These International Galleries Showcase Some of Art Fair Philippines' Most Covetable Pieces

"The presence of foreign galleries at Art Fair Philippines is significant. It indicates that it is part of the globalized market."
IMAGE COURTESY OF GAJAH GALLERY; EDOUARD MALINGUE, VIN GALLERY
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Every year, Art Fair Philippines (AFP) showcases a range of Philippine art and ideas from both established and emerging artists. Full of color and movement, the three floors host an expanse of expressive installations that provoke the mind and stimulate the imagination. In addition to the 39 local exhibitors, this year’s 6th edition of the fair boasts the participation of 16 international galleries.

“The presence of foreign galleries at Art Fair Philippines is significant. It indicates that it is part of the globalized market,” says Dindin Araneta, one of the three women behind AFP, one of the country’s most significant cultural events. “An art fair is an example of an economic model that has helped sustain the art industry. Artists and galleries present and sell work and establish networks and linkages as this is a platform where local and international collectors, critics, museum directors, and enthusiasts have wide access to works and information. It is important to be a part of a larger community where people with the same interests meet and exchange ideas.”

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Below are some of these international galleries that have caught our attention:

Gajah Gallery


Included in this year’s lineup of global exhibitors that should not be missed is Malaysian gallery, Gajah. On its fourth year at AFP, Gajah brings to the show an outstanding roster of contemporary artists based in Southeast Asia including new crushed stained-glass sculptures from notable artists Suzann Victor.

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Apex Species, Apex Moment. Before the Fall. Mother., 2018, Oil and Acrylic on Canvas, by Ashley Bickerton

Also on display are works by Bali-based artist Ashley Bickerton that discuss “foreigners’ fetishization of the island and the ‘exotic.’” Joining them are large scale paintings from Indonesian artists Ibrahim and Fika Ria Santika and digital works from Japanese art collective and ultra-technologists teamLab.

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Untitled, 2018, 161x151 cm, by Ibrahim


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Gold Waves, by teamLab


Flamboyance, 2018, by Erizal As

“We have started to work with renowned local contemporary artist Jigger Cruz, whose work has been exhibited at numerous solo and group shows across Asia, Europe, and the United States,” says Joseph Kong of Gajah. “His practice explores the ideas of defacement and vandalizationoften through a provocative application of paint: heavy layers of impasto squeezed directly from the tubes. We will be premiering the first bronzes by Cruz, created in residency at Yogya Art Lab. These sculptures maintain this haphazard brutalitycreating works with an intuitive rawness and strong sense of tangibility.”

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Edouard Malingue Gallery


The Edouard Malingue Gallery from Hong Kong is also in its fourth year at Art Fair Philippines. “We’ve always been fascinated by the art scene here and its strong collecting history. It’s interesting to see how interests here tend toward local and regional art, but also gradually grow outward and open up to the international scene,” says gallery director, Lorraine Kiang-Malingue.

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Chemical Gilding, Keep Calm, Galvanise, Pray, Gradient, Ashes, Manifestation, Unequal, Dissatisfaction, Capitalise, Incense Burner, Survival, Agitation, Hit, by Chou Yu-Cheng

This year, the gallery is presenting Taiwanese artist Chou Yu-Cheng, who recently exhibited at MCAD Manila, American artist Jeremy Everett, and Chinese artist Zheng Zhou.

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Vin Gallery


Newcomer, Vin Gallery of Vietnam is showcasing a mix of Vietnamese artists: Doan Xuan Tang and Richard Tran, as well as Japanese artist Yohei Yama and Indonesian artist, Heri Purwanto. “We are very excited to have them in the fair," shares AFP founder Trickie Lopa. “As you know, our prime mission is to expand the appreciation and awareness of contemporary art in the country.  Vin Gallery will bring a different dimension with their roster of artists.”

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Wind (Start to Blow Again), Acrylic on canvas, by Yohei Yama


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Yin Yang, Acrylic on canvas, by Heri Purwanto


Space Flower Purple #1, Acrylic and ink on canvas, by Yohei Yama

Shyevin S’ng, founder of the gallery says that she has heard many good things about AFP and the growth of the Philippine art market. The fair affords them the chance to connect with the Philippine art community. A fan of the stroke and movement found in the works of Fernando Zobel, she shares that it is the concept of an art fair in a car park that particularly attracted her to the event. “The concept of the fair is different. It is very spontaneous and fun. I think the location itself already make the status of this fair different from others. 

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