Monday, February 17, 2014

Art Fair Philippines opens on Feb. 20, 2014 at The Link Carpark, located near the Landmark Department Store in Ayala Center. The fair runs until Feb. 23, 2014.

AFP 2014 will extend to a second floor area and showcase more art galleries as it make use of both the 6th and 7th floors of the car park with the exhibition venue designed by Leandro V. Locsin Partners and styled by design luminary Kenneth Cobonpue.

In addition to several international galleries, AFP 2014 will primarily focus on galleries from the Philippines, emphasising local ingenuity. Visitors of the fair can expect works by established names of the Philippine art scene, as well as by promising newcomers, showcased in thoughtfully designed exhibit spaces.

Art Fair Philippines 2014 is organized by Philippine Art Events Inc., and co-presented by Ayala Corporation, Ayala Land Premier, Alveo, BPI, Globe and Swatch. Two of the major sponsors are Make It Happen, Make It Makati and Christie’s. Official hotel partner is Raffles Makati. Exhibition partners are Leandro V. Locsin Partners, GBA Events Asia, Kenneth Cobonpue and Silva Design Studio. Furniture partner is Living Innovations. Food & beverage partners are Kai and The Straits Wine Company.

Participating galleries include Altro Mondo, Archivo, Art Cube, Art Informal, Avellana Art Gallery, Blanc, Boston Gallery, Canvas, Crucible, Equator Art Projects, Finale, Galleria Duemila, Light and Space Contemporary, Liongoren Gallery, Manila Contemporary, Mo_Space, Nova, Now Gallery, Pablo, Paseo Art Gallery, Secret Fresh, Richard Koh Fine Art, Silverlens, Taksu, The Drawing Room, Tin-Aw, West Gallery, and 1335 Mabini.

On-site installations include works by Rodel Tapaya, a reception area piece by Jose John Santos III, an interactive sports-inspired work by Louie Cordero, and silk-screened scarves and graphic wallpaper from UK-trained artist Pio Abad. The second level area known as the Ayala Art Annex will feature new sculptural works by National Artist BenCab alongside solo exhibitions by Marina Cruz, Geraldine Javier, and Ronald Ventura together with the artistically designed Ayala Lounge. Furthermore, Christies, the venerable auction house, will run the fair’s lecture series, Christies Art Forum, which will focus on broadening knowledge for Southeast Asian contemporary art and art historical movements. Lectures will run on Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. and on Feb. 21 and 22 at 3 p.m.

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