What a great way for the art scene to start the year! Charlie Cojuangco hangs selected pieces from his art collection. As far as I know, this marks the first time his paintings have been shown publicly. The show also serves as the formal opening of his space, Nova Gallery. Charlie has been actively collecting art from the mid-1990s. The works on view reflect his partiality towards figurative paintings, most of them by noted socio-realists.
Biboy Delotavo’s stunning obra maestra of five panels, Sandaan Taon, and Nona Garcia’s 2000 ASEAN Art Awards Grand Prize winner See Saw would rank among the most important pieces on display. Although with significant works by Santi Bose, Kawayan de Guia, Peewee Roldan, Bogie Ruiz, Alfredo Esquillo Jr., and Charlie Co, its pretty tough choosing a favorite. Well if pressed to take one home (ha!), I’d make a beeline for Peewee’s Rituals of Invasion and Resistance. I like this even better than his pieces in the Singapore Art Museum’s collection.
Thank you Charlie for opening up your collection for art lovers to appreciate and enjoy. What a treat!
Today and Tomorrow, A selection of works from the Carlos Oppen Cojuangco Collection runs from 8 to 25 January 2010 at the Nova Gallery, Warehouse 10A, La Fuerza Compound, 2241 Chino Roces Ave., Makati City. Phone (632)392-7797 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org