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Art Fair 2017

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  Once a year, all the art people in the Philippines gather together at @artfairph ! It’s always a nice gathering of gallery owners, artists and art collectors all for the love of Philippine art ! #10DaysofArtPh #ArtFairPh #H2HArt

A quick glimpse into @artfairph 2017  #10DaysofArtPh #ArtFairPh #H2HArt


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 Super LOVE this Art and Design store Aphro @aphroliving by Tina Fernandez. Come visit – 2 doors after Lanai. #aphrolivingartdesign #Zacarias1925 #RitaNazareno #H2HArtAphro (2)   The good news is that @zacarias1925 by Rita Nazareno @ritanazareno is available here
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Aphro (9) Aphro (10)  LOVE THIS scent diffuser!  I saw this in Singapore and now it is available in Manila!Aphro (11)  Cher, store manager of @aphroliving We are inside their walk in closet part of the store with beautiful lamps by @zacarias1925 Rita Nazareno Super ? this art store #aphrolivingartdesign #Zacarias1925 #RitaNazareno #H2HArt
Aphro (1)Aphro (5) Pouffs by @lapommeliving at @aphroliving #aphrolivingartdesign #lapommelivingAphro (6) Moroccan items of Jia Estrella

Aphro (7)Heart chair :-)
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Art Fair Philippines 2017

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To complement the fair, Art Fair Philippines launches 10 Days of Art, from February 9 to 19, a series of events around the financial district that will involve galleries, museums, bars, restaurants, and retail establishments.  The idea is for the celebration of art to spread beyond the venue of the fair in the days leading up to its opening.

Art Fair Philippines 2017 (6)Highlighting the public art installations around the city is the Asian premiere of Street, by British-born painter and filmmaker James Nares.  The film, which has been shown at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, will play at a specially installed video screen in Ayala Triangle Gardens, at the heart of the central business district, in the evenings of February 14 to 19.  The one-hour video captures passers-by in the streets of New York in slow motion, as if they had been caught in a dream.

Public Art

James Nares
Street, 2012
February 14-19, 12nn – 2pm and 5pm – 9pm
Fountain Area of Tower One & Exchange Plaza,
Ayala Triangle, Makati City

Charlie Co
Bombardment, 2016
Mixed Media
February 9-19
Greenbelt Fashion Walk, Ayala Center

Pre-crafted artist pavillions
February 9-19
5th Avenue park area, Net Park Building, Bonifacio Global City


February 10 (Exhibition Opening)
Prelude | Carlos Amorales
Bellas Artes Outpost

February 11
DRM Classic Garage Art Exhibit
DRM Classic Garage

February 12, 11am – 3pm
Private Lanai by Salcedo Auctions

February 13-19, 12nn and 5pm
10 Days of Art Live!
Busker Performances
Makati Streets, Underpasses and Walkways

February 15, 8pm
La Fuerza Compound

February 17, 5:30pm (Exhibition Opening)
Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness
Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD)

February 17, 6pm (Exhibition Opening)
Altarpiece: Natee Utarit
Ayala Museum

February 18, 4pm (Exhibition Opening)
Pauses of Possibility
Lopez Museum and Library

February 18, 8pm – 11pm
Silent Disco
Ayala Triangle Gardens Courtyard Area, Makati City

Food & Drink

Enjoy special offerings from our partner establishments.

Makati                         Salcedo Village
Near the Link                Pablo Village
Museum Café                           Cartel Deli

Legaspi Villag                Chino Roces Avenue
Pappy Bistro                          XX:XX
The Belle and Dragon          20:20

Poblacion                                         BGC
Bar Mathilde                                   The Bowery
Bucky’s                                     Chotto Matte
Pura Vida                                       Rocket Room
Tambai                                          Bank Bar
House of Joe                                       Bitters
Wild Poppy                                        2nd’s

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Now in its 5th edition, Art Fair Philippines 2017 prides itself as the premium art destination for modern and contemporary Philippine art in the world.

Slated for February 16 – 19, 2017, Art Fair Philippines 2017 promises to showcase the best in Philippine modern and contemporary art at The Link carpark, located in Ayala Center Makati. In 2017, an additional floor, the open-air Roof Deck, has been added to accommodate the thousands of people who increasingly come visit the fair since its inception (from 6,000 visitors in 2013 to 22,000 in 2016).

The overall exhibition design of Art Fair Philippines 2017 is a project of Leandro V. Locsin and Partners, curators of the Philippine Pavilion in the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale.

Ingrained in the Art Fair Philippines 2017’s mission is the development of audiences for contemporary art. As part of its programs, the ART FAIR PH/TALKS and ART FAIR PH/TOURS were created in partnership with the Ateneo Art Gallery and Museum Foundation of the Philippines.

Featuring three talks a day, ART FAIR PH/TALKS will include Canadian writer and sociologist of culture Dr. Sarah Thornton, former contemporary art chief correspondent for The Economist and author of several art world bestsellers such as Seven Days in the Art World and 33 Artists in 3 Acts.  Also, Filipino historian, academic and journalist Prof. Ambeth R. Ocampo will talk on the solo exhibition he curated at the Ateneo Art Gallery of works by significant modern artist Arturo Luz, Philippine National Artist for the Visual Arts. Professor Tony Godfrey, teacher, writer, and curator, will offer an exchange on often asked questions about contemporary art as he discusses what “masterpiece” or being a great artist may mean today.

ART FAIR PH/TOURS will continue to propose guided tours of relevant museums around Metro Manila.

ART FAIR PH/PROJECTS are new commissions in form of interactive and/or thought-provoking installations around The Link by internationally established Filipino visual artists. On the 6th floor, an installation by Jose Tence Ruiz, one of the artists who represented the Philippines at the Venice Biennale in 2015, takes center stage with a socio-realist commentary on the country’s current political issues. Other artists commissioned for the 2017 line-up are Agnes Arellano, Elmer Borlongan, Patricia Perez Eustaquio, Emmanuel Garibay, Dex Fernandez, Mark Justiniani, Maria Jeona Zoleta, and the WSK group of sound artists. The 2017 recipient of the Karen H. Montinola Selection, a private grant created in homage to art patron Karen Hernandez.

Montinola with Art Fair Philippines in 2014, is interdisciplinary and ceramic artist Mark Valenzuela.

On loan from the Julius Baer art collection is the video Telephones by award-winning Swiss and American artist, Christian Marclay.  In this 1995 piece, he spliced scenes from over 100 classic films to put together a montage that features ringing phones and famous Hollywood names picking up calls in dramatic sequence.

The Philippines’ leading galleries, will be joined by a wider roster of galleries from Southeast Asia, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan to showcase curated exhibitions from local and foreign visual artists.

The 46 galleries participating in Art Fair Philippines 2017 are: 1335 Mabini, Altro Mondo Arté Contemporanea, Archivo 1984, ARNDT, Art Cube Gallery, Artinformal, ART LAB, Art Underground, Art Verite’, Artesan Gallery + Studio, Avellana Art Gallery, Blanc, Boston Art Gallery, CANVAS, Edouard Malingue Gallery, Finale Art File, Gajah Gallery, Galería Cayón, Galerie Anna, Galerie Michael Janssen, Galerie Stephanie, Galleria Duemila, Gallery Kogure, Gallery Orange, J Studio, Kaida Contemporary, Asian Cultural Council/Leon Gallery, MO_Space, Nunu Fine Art, Paseo Art Gallery, Pinto Art Gallery, ROH Projects, Salcedo Private View, Secret Fresh, Silverlens, TAKSU, The Crucible Gallery, The Drawing Room, Tin-aw Gallery, Underground Gallery, Vinyl on Vinyl, West Gallery, XuArtspace, Yavuz Gallery, Ysobel Art Gallery, and YOD Gallery.

Art Fair Philippines 2017 (3)Art Fair Philippines 2017 (4) Art Fair Philippines 2017 (5)To complement the fair, Art Fair Philippines launches 10 Days of Art, from February 9 to 19, a series of events around Makati and BGC that will involve galleries, museum, bars, restaurants, and retail establishments.  The idea is for the celebration of art to spread beyond the venue of the fair in the days leading up to its opening.

Highlighting the public art installations around the city is the Asian premiere of Street, by British-born painter and filmmaker James Nares.  The film, which has been shown at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, will play at a specially installed video screen in Ayala Triangle Gardens in the evenings of February 15 to 19.  The one-hour video captures passers-by in the streets of New York in slow motion, as if they had been caught in a dream.

Art Fair Philippines 2017 is co-presented by Ayala Land, Bank of the Philippine Islands, Globe, Julius Baer, and Bench. Major sponsors are Make It Makati, Ayala Land Premiere, and Volkswagen.

Official Hotel Partners: The Raffles and Fairmont Makati and the Holiday Inn and Suites.

Official Media Partners: Summit Media, The Philippine Star, and CNN.

Food and Beverage Partners: Don Papa Rum, Kai, and the Straits Wine Company.

Media Support From: Hinge Inquirer, STATUS Magazine, Art Republik and Art+

Online Media Partners: The Artling and ArtFriend

Providers and Supporters: Coca Cola, San Miguel Brewery, Boysen

For more information on Art Fair Philippines 2017, please visit


@artfairph on Instagram and Twitter.

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Ingrained in Art Fair Philippines 2017’s mission is the development of audiences for contemporary art. ArtFairPh/Talks features daily talks presented in partnership with the Ateneo Art Gallery and Museum Foundation of the Philippines.

ArtFairPh/Talks are free of charge for all fair ticketholders. Due to limited seating capacity, we encourage advance reservations. Please email at least two days before. Teachers and students are highly encouraged to attend. For updates on our schedule and details, please

Ferran Barenblit, Director, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelon (MACBA) 

Argentina-born curator talks about the role of the museum and contemporary art in fostering critical thinking and serving as a platform for open discussion in a multi-cultural city like Barcelona.

Art Fair Philippines 2017 (8)Artist Talk: James Nares

The practice of British-born, New York based artist James Nares spans the breadth of painting to video linked by an enduring concern for capturing rhythm, time and movement. Featured in this year’s art fair is his video installation Street, which is a dreamlike moving image that captures the activity on an ordinary street in Brooklyn. The video installation will be at Ayala Tower One and Exchange Plaza in front of Ayala Triangle Gardens.

Much material about art can be accessed online and in magazines, but books focused on a particular artist, movement or art scene provide depth and insight that single articles cannot. The thought and consideration given to every photograph, every perspective and the amount of time and energy the authors, editors and publishers expend on  art books allow readers to immerse themselves in a subject. The talk features a conversation between Ringo Bunoan (visual artist, curator, co-founder, editor, Roberto Chabet) and Eva McGovern (curator, and managing editor of No Chaos No Party: 28 Artists in Metro Manila)

Renowned writer and art sociologist Dr. Sarah Thornton will share her insights into the globalised art world, her observations on meaningful artistic practice today, and why art still matters. After decades studying the art ecology—including spending time with hundreds of artists with international careers—she will talk about her research and her books with art critic and Asia Art Archive head of development Alexandra A Seno. Dr Thornton is the author of international bestsellers “Seven Days in the Art World” and “33 Artists in Three Acts.”Art Fair Philippines 2017 (7)Philippine National Artist for Visual Arts Arturo Luz (b.1926) has had an artistic career spanning more than half a century. Named National Artist in 1997, he began his career with figurative works then went on to explore other modes of abstraction and stylized figuration in paintings, sculpture, photographs and collages. Ocampo, curator of the exhibition currently at the Ateneo Art Gallery luz@90 will look at the practice of this giant in Philippine art.

In the 1990s, Elmer Borlongan, Emmanuel Garibay and Mark Justiniani were part of several artist collectives : ABAY (Artista ng Bayan), Salingpusa and Sanggawa. These groups explored the collaborative process in art making and their subjects reflected the political and social conditions of the times. Since then they have gone on to forge very successful individual careers but 25 years later, they have come together again to do a project for Art Fair Philippines. This talk will give audiences an insight into past and current practices.

 Sculptor Agnes Arellano and multi-media artist Jose Tence Ruiz talk about their work, their process and their vision including their projects for Art Fair Philippines.Art Fair Philippines 2017 (1) Art Fair Philippines 2017 (9)Tony Godfrey on Masterpieces in Contemporary Art

Has anyone see a masterpiece of contemporary art? Are there any masterpieces of contemporary art? In this country or this region – or the whole world? Is there an artist living in our country, region or nation today that we can call great, just as we say Michelangelo, Rembrandt, van Gogh or Matisse are “great”? How good are the art and artists of our time? Will they be remembered in the future?  Professor Godfrey will discuss what “masterpiece” or being a great artist may mean today. He will look at works both made globally and in South-east Asia. Art Fair Philippines 2017 (10)Art in the Community

This panel turns its attention to art beyond galleries and museums and looks at projects that purposefully insert themselves into the physical spaces communities, confronting audiences with art in public places. The panel features visual artist and Project Space Pilipinas founder Leslie de Chavez; visual artist and curator of 98B COLLABoratory Marika Constantino; and urban planner and MMDA Assistant General Manager for Operations Julia Nebrija

Focus on the Visayas: VIVA ExCon

Established in 1990 by artists from Negros, The Visayan Islands Visual Arts Exhibit Conference (VIVA ExCon) is the is the largest and longest running arts festival in the country. Charlie Co one of its founders will talk about its origins and history while Rock Drilon, VivaExCon 2016 Director will focus on the recently concluded Biennial. It is a chance to get a glimpse of the vibrant art world outside of Manila hopefully expanding audiences understanding of Philippine contemporary art beyond the country’s capital.

Philippine Art and Biennales

How is Philippine art presented internationally? What kind of art is chosen by curators to “represent” the country in the international platforms such as biennials? Joselina Cruz, curator of the Philippine Pavillion for the 2017 Venice Biennale and Joyce Toh curator of the 2016 Singapore Biennale give us an insight into their own processes and selections.


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Homecooked Japanese Dinner by Raj and Kai

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Thank you so much Raj and Kai – super amazing art collection, beautiful view, beautiful home, super yummy home cooked Japanese meal and great company.
dinner-by-raj-and-kai-12  Beautiful view of the city  dinner-by-raj-and-kai-20dinner-by-raj-and-kai-43and beautiful artwork – Jigger Cruz included with the view ? #H2HPhilippineArt #H2HHomes dinner-by-raj-and-kai-9dinner-by-raj-and-kai-34Love intimate dinners. Let’s do it again haha! With Jinggoy @jinggoyll and Fia @sophisticatedid Llije,  Paolo and Trina Yupangco, Charlie and Teresa Rufino  #H2HGroupsdinner-by-raj-and-kai-5  Lovely home cooked Japanese  dinner by Raj @7tri7 and Kai @kaisterprimo in their beautiful dining room with a beautiful art collection #H2HHomeCooking #H2HPhilippineArtdinner-by-raj-and-kai-6 dinner-by-raj-and-kai-17 dinner-by-raj-and-kai-7 dinner-by-raj-and-kai-16 Taking a peek in the kitchen where Kai is cooking our dinner :-)dinner-by-raj-and-kai-18 dinner-by-raj-and-kai-19  Our lovely hosts for dinner last night – Raj @7tri7 and Kai @kaisterprimo

 Thank you and We love youdinner-by-raj-and-kai-38 dinner-by-raj-and-kai-35 dinner-by-raj-and-kai-36 dinner-by-raj-and-kai-37 dinner-by-raj-and-kai-21  Tuna Aburidinner-by-raj-and-kai-22  Super yum Mentaiko pasta with sous vide egg by Kai @kaisterprimo

#H2HHomeCooking #H2HPasta #mentaiko #H2HSousVidedinner-by-raj-and-kai-23  Sous vide lobster by Kai @kaisterprimo  #H2HHomeCooking #H2HSousVide #H2HLobsterdinner-by-raj-and-kai-24  Sea bass Misodinner-by-raj-and-kai-25  Two kinds of beef

Kobe beefdinner-by-raj-and-kai-26 with a special secret sauce!! :-)dinner-by-raj-and-kai-28  special wasabi – everything is special and secret!  haha!!dinner-by-raj-and-kai-27   and Karubi Beef Yakiniku  #H2HSteaks #H2HHomeCookingdinner-by-raj-and-kai-29 dinner-by-raj-and-kai-30 dinner-by-raj-and-kai-11 Yay!! Pablo desserts!!! To complete the Japanese themedinner-by-raj-and-kai-31 dinner-by-raj-and-kai-33  Malted Milk ice cream by Carmen’s Bestdinner-by-raj-and-kai-32 dinner-by-raj-and-kai-42 dinner-by-raj-and-kai-10 dinner-by-raj-and-kai-14 dinner-by-raj-and-kai-39 dinner-by-raj-and-kai-40 dinner-by-raj-and-kai-41 dinner-by-raj-and-kai-2 dinner-by-raj-and-kai-49 Collection of Nudesdinner-by-raj-and-kai-3 dinner-by-raj-and-kai-47  More artwork all over the housedinner-by-raj-and-kai-45 dinner-by-raj-and-kai-46 dinner-by-raj-and-kai-48 dinner-by-raj-and-kai-1

James Doran – Webb

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 James Doran Webb has 10 driftwood sculptures at the Flower Dome at @gardensbythebay We went to check them out.  Don’t forget to look up to see the Raven #GardensByTheBay #H2HSingapore #H2HArt #JamesDoranWebb #driftwoodsculpture

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Click below to go to his website

James Doran Webb - Driftwood Sculptor

Working Title at Art Provenance

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 Congratulations Raul and Joanna @joannapreyslermanila on your latest show “Working Title” at @provenanceartgallery Come on over and view the works of Pete Jimenez @petejimenez and Jonathan Olazo #H2HPhilippineArt #H2HArtist #ProvenanceGallery #JonathanOlazo #PeteJimenezworking-title-at-art-provenance-1 working-title-at-art-provenance-26 working-title-at-art-provenance-5 working-title-at-art-provenance-15 working-title-at-art-provenance-20 working-title-at-art-provenance-2 working-title-at-art-provenance-3 working-title-at-art-provenance-16 working-title-at-art-provenance-25 working-title-at-art-provenance-8 working-title-at-art-provenance-24 working-title-at-art-provenance-18 working-title-at-art-provenance-19 working-title-at-art-provenance-21 working-title-at-art-provenance-22 working-title-at-art-provenance-4 working-title-at-art-provenance-23 working-title-at-art-provenance-17 working-title-at-art-provenance-6 working-title-at-art-provenance-7 working-title-at-art-provenance-9 working-title-at-art-provenance-10 working-title-at-art-provenance-11 working-title-at-art-provenance-12 working-title-at-art-provenance-13 working-title-at-art-provenance-14