It turns out, I chose one per quarter. These are personal favorites, exhibits in commercial spaces I found unforgettable. I don’t expect universal approval. Feel free to disagree. Here goes (in chronological order):
1. Juan Alcazaren/Bernardo Pacquing at Finale Art File, 13 January to 9 Febuary 2009
Working with curator Nilo Ilarde, Johnny Alcazaren and Bernie Pacquing showcased monumental, site specific sculpture, paintings, and installations that made perfect use of the gallery’s space. It was a great way to start the year, with art beyond the usual. Too bad that Manila does not have a contemporary arts museum. This show could then have been acquired in its entirety and we would have had the pleasure of seeing these pieces remounted again and again.
2. Stormy Weather, Felix Bacolor at MO’s Space, 23 May to 28 June 2009
Simple, creative, fun!
3. Butterfly’s Tongue, Geraldine Javier at West Gallery, 17 September to 16 October 2009
The Philippine art scene will always have figurative paintings at the top of the commercial heap. Geraldine Javier proves she’s the best of the best in this genre. In this show, her larger-than-life canvases incorporated her interest in taxidermy as she embedded preserved insects in glass vitrines onto her oil paintings. She imbued West Gallery with the gothic ambiance of a Victorian sitting room.
4. Katas ng Pilipinas God Knows Hudas Not Play, Kawayan De Guia at The Drawing Room, 21 November to 12 December 2009
I ♥ those jukeboxes!
By all means, list your own favorites. HAPPY NEW YEAR!