These International Galleries Showcase Some of Art Fair Philippines' Most Covetable Pieces
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.”
Below are some of these international galleries that have caught our attention:
Included in this year’s lineup of global exhibitors that should not be missed is
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.
Untitled, 2018, 161x151 cm, by Ibrahim
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 vandalization—often 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 brutality—creating works with an intuitive rawness and strong sense of tangibility.”
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.
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.
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.”