The premier art fair returns to The Link in Makati City
Celebrating 10 years of putting the spotlight on contemporary art, Art Fair Philippines returns to The Link in Makati City with a refreshed biophilic design, giving fairgoers a more innovative way to appreciate and explore the most exciting art landscapes of Southeast Asia.
This year, the fair welcomes 63 exhibitors from around the Philippines as well as overseas. Check out what to expect from the fair happening from Feb. 17 to 19:
Art Fair Philippines is also set to introduce a new section that focuses on digital media, work incorporating computer technology, animation, virtual or augmented reality, the metaverse, and non-fungible tokens (NFTs).
The section highlights two special exhibits featuring Filipino digital artists: New York-based Skye Nicolas presents “Frequencies of Nostalgia,” while Mark Inducil, who currently lives and works in Melbourne, mounts “Homecoming.”
This 2023, the fair will also pay tribute to two art world personalities: Norma Liongoren (Liongoren Gallery,) and Albert Avellana (Avellana ArtGallery,) who have recently passed away.
In partnership with the Ateneo Art Gallery and Museum Foundation of the Philippines, the fair will continue to offer learning opportunities for visitors with a variety of lectures, panel discussions, and artist talks.
Photo special exhibitions
One highlight of the fair not to be missed include a showcase of exclusive works from artists who have made an impact both critically and commercially. For this year, Art Fair Philippines works once again with art consultant Norman Crisologo.
Co-presented by BPI and located at The Link’s Roof Deck, artists mounting special exhibits include Faye Abantao, Kiko Escora, Mark Andy Garcia, Raymond Guevarra, Pow Martinez, Yeo Kaa, Peter Zimmerman, and photographer Wawi Navarroza’s series of striking self-portraits.
The fair will also host works from this year’s batch of artists who have completed residencies in various parts of the country: IC Jaucian for Manila Observatory, Nicolei Gupit for Linangan Art Residency, Aaron Kaiser Garcia for Emerging Islands, ESL Chen and Jonathan Baldonado for Orange Project, and James Clar for Butanding Barrio.
Line-up of exhibitors
From the Philippines, the exhibitors are: 1335/Mabini, Anakbanwa Creative Residency Project, Art Cube, Art Elaan, Art for Space, Art Lounge Manila, Art Underground, Art Verité, Artery Art Space, Boston Art Gallery, Canvas, Early Light, Fifth Wall Fest, Fotomoto PH, Galeria Paloma, Galerie Stephanie, Gravity Art Space, isTorya Studios, J Studio, Jes Aznar, Kaida Contemporary, KalawakanSpacetime, Kantina, Kapitan Kulam, León Gallery, Lunang Mentoring Program, Mark Lewis Higgins, Metro Gallery, Mono8, Mugna Gallery + Foundation University DAFA, No Space, Orange Project, Paint Bukog, Paseo Art Gallery, Pintô Art Museum, Qube Gallery, Secret Fresh Gallery, Silverlens, Sitting Room Studios, Sulyap Gallery by Tahanan Pottery, Super Duper Gallery, Tarzeer Pictures, The Crucible, Tom Epperson, Triangulum, Tin-aw Art Projects, Village Art Gallery, White Walls Gallery, and Ysobel Art Gallery.
Foreign galleries, scheduler to exhibit, include 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,) and YOD Gallery (Japan).
For more highlights about this year’s Art Fair Philippines, visit www.artfairphilippines.com. You can also purchase tickets in advance through the website or buy passes at the reception area from Feb. 17 to 19.