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3 Local Art Books to Add to Your Reading List

From Chabet to Geraldine Javier here are the titles to take note.
3 Local Art Books to Add to Your Reading List From Chabet to Geraldine Javier here are the titles to take note.

If you're planning to "cleanse" this Holy Week, why not abstain from your digital compulsions and read a book instead? Writer Kara Ortiga shares three local titles you may want to pick up to feel inspired while learning a lot about the Filipino art scene, too.

Roberto Chabet


Notable for his contribution to Philippine contemporary art, his self-titled book (P6000, artbooks.ph) is filled with drawings and photographs from the conceptual artist's extensive archive, some of which have never been seen before. Have a peek at his modernistic work and read about the life of the pioneering artist. 

Rodel Tapaya


Imagine the most fantastical characters from your childhood dreams come to life. Rodel Tapaya's exhibition Bato-Balani (P500, artbooks.ph) portrays the familiar images from Philippine folk narratives that have become his iconic style, fronted by creatures of the mythical kind and filled with superstition-laden symbols.

Geraldine Javier


In the works of Geraldine Javier, even something like death can be beautiful, and it is this enigmatic truth that brings her work to life. In scenes both harrowing and surreal, Fictions (P2700, artbooks.ph) puts together her works from a 2013 exhibit in Singapore entitled the same. 

More interesting artsy reads in our March issue here

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