Scenes from Manilart 09

Jay and Lee Amante with a piece by Lynyrd Paras at the Blanc booth

Jay and Lee Amante with a piece by Lynyrd Paras at the Blanc booth

For the first time in an art event, I found myself watching the people present more than I looked at the art on display.  But perhaps I can be

Siblings Enzo and Bea Camacho at the Silverlens Booth

Siblings Enzo and Bea Camacho at the Silverlens Booth

excused.  It isn’t everyday that we have our first art fair.  And the fact that it drew crowds is cause for celebration.  Personally, I prefer fairs that throw in experimental and conceptual art into the mix.   Also, less paintings hanged in a slapdash manner.  But no matter, maybe for the next one.

Manilart 09 is at the NBC Tent, Bonifacio Global City from 16 to 19 July 2009.

Assemblage of Julius Clar collages at Silverlens booth

Assemblage of Julius Clar collages at Silverlens booth

Detail of Dex Fernandez collage at Pablo

Detail of Dex Fernandez collage at Pablo

Julie Lluch Burning House at Duemila

Julie Lluch Burning House at Duemila

Ryan Rubio stone sculpture from sedimentary rock at Artiscorpus Gallery

Ryan Rubio stone sculpture from sedimentary rock at Artiscorpus Gallery

An old favorite, Leonardo Aguinaldo rubbercut piece

An old favorite, Leonardo Aguinaldo rubbercut piece

An awesome Mariano Ching at the Silverlens booth

An awesome Mariano Ching at the Silverlens booth

Benjie Bisaya sculpture at Renaissance Gallery

Benjie Bisaya sculpture at Renaissance Gallery

Sylvia Gascon and Vita Sarenas at the Finale booth with a Bembol dela Cruz tattoo painting at back

Sylvia Gascon and Vita Sarenas at the Finale booth with a Bembol dela Cruz tattoo painting at back

Winner Jumalon, Julie Centeno, and Yorkie Gomez

Winner Jumalon, Julie Centeno, and Yorkie Gomez

Singapore Biennale curator Yeyey Cruz and Annie Sarthou

Singapore Biennale curator Yeyey Cruz and Annie Sarthou

Norman Dreo at Artiscorpus Gallery

Norman Dreo at Artiscorpus Gallery

Romulo Olazo pieces at Paseo Gallery

Romulo Olazo pieces at Paseo Gallery

Andy Estela and Rommel Pascual at the Boston Gallery booth

Andy Estela and Rommel Pascual at the Boston Gallery booth

Artists Lyra Garcellano and Jonathan Ching

Artists Lyra Garcellano and Jonathan Ching

A piece by sculptor Joel Alonday at the Art Informal booth

A piece by sculptor Joel Alonday at the Art Informal booth

Artist Jose John Santos III and Pamela Yan Santos with Bobbit Nolasco of Kulay Diwa

Artists Jose John Santos III and Pamela Yan Santos with Bobbit Nolasco of Kulay Diwa

Silvana Diaz at her booth with one of Junyee's Pintados

Silvana Diaz at her booth with one of Junyee's Pintados

New parents Toddy and Mel Francisco

New parents Toddy and Mel Francisco

An Alwin Reamillo collage at Manila Contemporary

An Alwin Reamillo collage at Manila Contemporary

Tina Fernandez and Michelle Tomacruz with a Tatong Torres self portrait at the Art Informal booth

Tina Fernandez and Michelle Tomacruz with a Tatong Torres self portrait at the Art Informal booth

Sculptor Michael Cacnio with his piece

Sculptor Michael Cacnio with his piece

Detail at the top of Michael Cacnio's ladder

Detail at the top of Michael Cacnio's ladder

A painting from a young painter named Johm at the Kaida booth

From a young painter named Johm at the Kaida booth

Pablo Gallery

Pablo Gallery

Jaime Laya, Paulino, Mario, and Pia Que, Stanley , Yorkie Gomez, Babita Anido, and Hetty Que

Jaime Laya, Paulino, Mario, and Mimi Que, Stanley Chan , Yorkie Gomez, Babita Anido, and Hetty Que

Jose Tence Ruiz at Galerie Astra

Jose Tence Ruiz at Galerie Astra

Delan Robillos, Gigo Alampay, Fr. Tito Caluag, Bong

Delan Robillos, Gigo Alampay, Fr. Tito Caluag, Bong Verzosa of Choice Expressions Gallery

By Felix Bacolor at Manila Contemporary's booth

By Felix Bacolor at Manila Contemporary's booth

Valentine Willie and Joanne Que Young at Manila Contemporary's booth

Valentine Willie and Joanne Que Young at Manila Contemporary's booth

Abby Binay and Vince Campos

Abby Binay and husband Luis Campos

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2 Responses to Scenes from Manilart 09

  1. cris says:

    Now, now, Manilaartblogger, this is only our first art fair. I remember leaving a comment here before about how we can’t expect too much (of this art fair) too soon. Yes, there wasn’t a lot of conceptual art but they’re not totally absent, there was a few. I was actually more surprised at how there’s very little photography on display considering Silverlens was exhibiting. Maybe it has to do with the fact that most of our galleries are still trying to feel their way through an art fair. Most, probably, never had the chance to join an art fair before. I could only think of The Drawing Room as the most seasoned Filipino player in international art fairs but, surprisingly, they did not take part. If we’re lucky, and ManilArt proved to be a success in the coming years, then the natural progression is to have offshoots of this fair. Some would be asking for an all-Filipino affair, an affordable one (like Art in the Park), young contemporary, or a strictly conceptual art fair. That last one would make Manilaartblogger happy, wouldn’t it? Don’t you worry, we’ll get there in the end. I was also there on opening night, and if that evening serves as any indication of how future fairs will fare, then it’s looking good for ManilArt.

  2. manilaartblogger says:

    Please don’t get me wrong, I thought it was great. Just wanted more variety. But as I said, perhaps for the next one.

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