With COVID-19 risks now at bay, crowd-gathering events—from concerts to musicals—are now back with a vengeance. This includes the much-awaited Art Fair Philippines, which has seen one fully online edition in 2021 and a hybrid version in 2022. Art Fair Philippines 2023 is back in full swing at its home in The Link at Makati City from February 17 to 19. The entrance is through the Parkway Drive Entrance and through the third-floor bridgeway from Landmark.
Here's what you need to know about Art Fair Philippines 2023
What's New at Art Fair Philippines
As it has always done in the last 10 years, Art Fair Philippines is in the business of keeping things interesting through exciting additions. The 2023 edition, for starters, is seeing a biophilic design in its set-up. This means to say that the usual grid-type booths are being exchanged for an organically designed layout inspired by nature and melded with sustainable materials.
ArtFairPH/Digital, co-presented by Globe Platinum, is also getting special attention this year. This new section comes after the success of the previous pandemic-driven digital editions, where computer technology, animation, virtual and augmented reality, the metaverse, and non-fungible tokens are recognized as essential innovations in art.
Featured under this section are two Filipino artists making waves in the global art scene: New York-based Skye Nicolas with Frequencies of Nostalgia and Melbourne-based Mark Inducil with Homecoming. The special exhibits are curated by Bjorn Calleja and Jopet Arias, who are both from CryptoArtPH.
Art Fair Philippines also pays tribute to two Filipino gallerists that the art world lost within the last decade: Norma Liongoren (1947-2019) and Albert Avellana (1963-2022). Liongoren Gallery in Cubao promoted social realist art for more than three decades, while the house-turned-gallery Avellana Art Gallery in Pasay City served as the launchpad of emerging artists. Works from both galleries will be on display at The Link to pay tribute to the two patrons of the arts.
This year's ArtFairPH/Projects, which is dedicated to highlighting new works by both emerging and established artists, is curated by Norman Crisologo. The featured artists for Art Fair Philippines 2023 are:
- Faye Abantao (Karen H. Montinola Selection) - Don't Forget to Remember
- Kiko Escora - Ek-Ek ng Talipandas
- Mark Andy Garcia - Countless Tries
- Raymond Guevarra - Taymperst!
- Pow Martinez - Delusions of Grandeur Woke From
- Yeo Kaa - This exhibition is about strength.
- Peter Zimmerman
ArtFairPH/Photo, which was first launched in 2018, puts the spotlight on Wawi Navarroza. She is presenting a series of striking self-portraits called As Wild as We Come.
Other special projects include a retrospective on pioneering female abstractionist Rosario Bitanga (Rosario Bitanga: Past, Present, Participant as curated by Miguel Rosales), and a performance art piece by Eisa Jocson titled Corponomy.
ArtFairPH/Film, which is curated by Ateneo Art Gallery, presents an overview of the development of Philippine alternative cinema. Alternative Cinema: History, Theory, and Practice by filmmaker and film historian Nick Deocampo is on February 17, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Selections from Lumbung Film, which is a repository of film and video works from lumbung members and artists, will also be screened on February 19, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Art Fair Philippines welcomes 63 exhibitors from the Philippines and overseas.
Participating exhibitors from the Philippines are:
- Anakbanwa Creative Residency Project
- Art Cube
- Art Elaan
- Art for Space
- Art Lounge Manila
- Art Underground
- Art Verité
- Artery Art Space
- Boston Art Gallery
- Early Light
- FIFTH WALL FEST
- GALERIA PALOMA
- Galerie Stephanie
- Gravity Art Space
- isTorya Studios
- J Studio
- Jes Aznar
- Kaida Contemporary
- Kapitan Kulam
- León Gallery
- Lunang Mentoring Program
- Mark Lewis Higgins
- METRO Gallery
- Mugna Gallery + Foundation University DAFA
- no space
- Orange Project
- Paint Bukog
- Paseo Art Gallery
- Pintô Art Museum
- Qube Gallery
- Secret Fresh Gallery
- Sitting Room Studios
- Sulyap Gallery by Tahanan Pottery
- Super Duper Gallery
- TARZEER PICTURES
- The Crucible
- Tom Epperson
- Tin-aw Art Projects
- Village Art Gallery
- White Walls Gallery
- Ysobel Art Gallery
Foreign galleries are:
- Art Agenda (Singapore and Jakarta)
- Artemis Art (Malaysia)
- Gallery Kogure (Japan)
- Kobayashi Gallery (Japan)
- Cayón (Spain)
- GALLERY SCENA (Japan)
- La Lanta Fine Art (Thailand)
- Nunu Fine Art (Taiwan)
- Gajah Gallery (Singapore)
- Vin Gallery (Vietnam)
- Yavuz Gallery (Singapore and Australia)
- YOD Gallery (Japan)
Artist Residency, Talks, and Workshops
ArtFairPH/Residencies, a residency program that started in 2021 with an exhibition output in 2022, is set to present completed works by IC Jaucian for Manila Observatory (Quezon City), Nicolei Gupit for Linangan Art Residency (Cavite), Aaron Kaiser Garcia for Emerging Islands (La Union), ESL Chen and Jonathan Baldonado for Orange Project (Bacolod City), and James Clar for Butanding Barrio (Palawan).
ArtFairPH/Talks, which is created in partnership with the Ateneo Art Gallery and Museum Foundation of the Philippines, is having five sessions: Landscapes, Mindscapes, and Inscapes, which is a presentation of works by Abantao, Garcia, and Guevarra; a panel with the recipients of the 2022 Artist Residency Grant; Mortal Wanderings, which features Escora, Martinez, and Kaa; Tonalities of Voices from the Regions; and a talk by Indonesian artist Yunizar.
ArtFairPH/Workshop presents a session on crypto art, which is moderated by Jopet Arias; and a workshop on creating art on Tezos.
10 Days of Art
To jumpstart Art Fair Philippines, everyone's encouraged to check out the participating galleries all over Metro Manila during Gallery Weekend which will be held from February 10 to 12. There will also be a series of events in bars, restaurants, and other establishments around the Makati Central Business District until February 19.
Art Fair Philippines 2023 is from February 17 to 19, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., at The Link, Parkway Drive, Ayala Center, Makati City. Tickets, which are available online, are P450. For more information, visit Art Fair Philippines' website.
*This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.