“Triumph of Philippine Art” chronicles change in the Philippines.
A group exhibition of contemporary art from the Philippines, examining the road from repression to freedom, is on display at Montclair State University’s gallery in New Jersey from 21 September to 15 December 2013.
“Triumph of Philippine Art,” an exhibition of contemporary Filipino and Filipino-American art, will be displayed at Montclair State University’s George Segal Gallery in Montclair, New Jersey.
The various artworks in the exhibition were created during significant social and political times in the Philippines: the Martial Law period (1972-1986), the historic People Power of 1986 and today’s climate of free expression.
Artists in the exhibition include:
- Leo Abaya
- Benedicto “BenCab” Cabrera
- Buen Calubayan
- Ernest Concepcion
- Mideo Cruz
- Imelda Cajipe-Endaya
- Brenda Fajardo
- Karen Ocampo Flores
- Michael Rodriguez Gomez
- Gregory Raymond Halili
- Mark Orozco Justiniani
- Julie Lluch
- Athena Santos Magcase-Lopez
- Racquel De Loyola
- Renan Ortiz
- Christina Quisumbing Ramilo
- Mark Salvatus
- Pablo Baen Santos
The wide temporal span of the works on display maps the changes in Filipino modern history and identity, notes Consulate General of the Philippines Mario L. De Leon, Jr. in the gallery’s press release:
The exhibit features works produced during one of the most turbulent periods in Philippine history, which led to a paradigm shift in the nation’s political, economic and socio-cultural life.
In recent years contemporary Filipino art has proved popular at auctions worldwide, with artists such as Fernando Zobel and Ronald Ventura selling at high prices to international collectors and institutions. The exhibition curator, Philippine-born artist and art historian M. Teresa Lapid Rodriguez, the Director of the George Segal Gallery, draws attention to this ‘triumph’:
Considering that Filipino art was categorised as folk art by the Western art world and was rarely reviewed until fifteen years ago, the highly-collectable status that Philippine Art is currently enjoying is nothing short of a national triumph.
The exhibition is also the focal point of a campus-wide series of events such as lectures, political discussions and talks by artists, authors and human rights activists celebrating Filipino culture, history and art.
Rodriguez, as quoted in the press release, states that her aims for the exhibition encompass more than Filipino identity and culture:
…we hope that it will serve as a point of pride for those of Filipino heritage as well as ring true for people of all nationalities and ethnic backgrounds. Art, after all, is a universal expression, and struggle is – unfortunately – a global human condition.
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