ARTIST’S AL­LEY

Now on its fourth year, Art Fair Philip­pines 2016 pushes the en­ve­lope fur­ther as it once again trans­forms Makati into a desti­na­tion for cre­ativ­ity.

Makati Leads - - Cover Story -

When some­one men­tions Makati, bankers walk­ing along Ayala Av­enue may be the first im­age that en­ters your head. Of course, that’s just the tip of the ice­berg.

Give the city a closer look— Makati is also a city for artists.

Con­sider: the works of art scat­tered along its many pock­ets. The vi­brant and tech­ni­col­ored mu­rals on the Dela Rosa walk­way. The play­ful shapes hang­ing from the trees of Green­belt Park. The grungy fanzines on sale at The Col­lec­tive.

In the past 10 years, Makati has be­come a play­ground for cre­ators, with ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer that surely at­tracts cul­ture vul­tures.

Shops, mu­se­ums, and gal­leries have mush­roomed across its streets. The Ayala Mu­seum and the Yuchengco Mu­seum ex­hibit ar­ti­facts that speak vol­umes about the artistry of Filipinos. Plays, gigs, po­etry-read­ing ses­sions, art classes, book launches, and ar­ti­sanal sem­i­nars are reg­u­larly held within the city, of­fer­ing not just en­ter­tain­ment but also cham­pi­oning lo­cal tal­ent.

Makati is also where re­gional and global artists stay dur­ing their vis­its to the Philip­pines.

From the most tenured of artists to the oc­cas­sional dab­bler, Makati has truly be­come a venue where cre­ators of all stripes can ex­press their art.

In­deed, one can say that in Makati, art is a liv­ing thing.

It is there­fore fit­ting that Art Fair Philip­pines 2016, which fea­tures the best of Philip­pine con­tem­po­rary art, will be kick­ing off in Makati from Feb. 18 to 21. Art Fair Philip­pines co­in­cides with Na­tional Arts Month, which is ob­served dur­ing the month of Fe­bru­ary.

Since its in­cep­tion in 2013, Art Fair Philip­pines has be­come a sig­na­ture Makati at­trac­tion.

This year, the four-day fes­ti­val will wel­come even more par­tic­i­pants as it spreads out to an­other floor of The Link, the car park fa­cil­ity in Ayala Cen­ter, Makati, at the heart of the coun­try’s fi­nan­cial hub.

Says Meean Dy, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent of Ayala Land and Group Head of Strate­gic Land­bank Man­age­ment, “We have been host­ing the Art Fair Philip­pines since 2013 and it has al­lowed us to show­case the great­ness of lo­cal Filipino artis­tic tal­ent, a way of declar­ing our be­lief this must al­ways be en­cour­aged and sup­ported. It al­lows for art to be ac­ces­si­ble to the pub­lic-fam­i­lies, of­fice work­ers, even the younger mil­len­nial gen­er­a­tion is ex­posed to a global, com­pet­i­tive art scene. Art Fair Philip­pines puts the Philip­pines on the map along­side in­ter­na­tional coun­ter­parts.”

To com­ple­ment the gallery of­fer­ings, a cu­rated sec­tion of solo pre­sen­ta­tions by crit­i­cally and com­mer­cially suc­cess­ful artists will be in­stalled through­out the two lev­els of the main fair.

A third level of the fair will be de­voted to its ed­u­ca­tional com­po­nent, ArtFairPh/Talks. It will house a lecture the­ater for daily talks on art his­tory, the art mar­ket, and cur­rent prac­tices in con­tem­po­rary art. Art Fair Philip­pines teams up with the Ate­neo Art Gallery to bring th­ese con­ver­sa­tions to life.

To com­plete the gallery of­fer­ings, Bris­banebased Filipino hus­band and wife tan­dem Al­fredo and Isabel Aquil­izan will head­line the fair’s Spe­cial Ex­hibits, com­ing in with an im­pres­sive pro­file of par­tic­i­pat­ing in crit­i­cally-lauded art events around the globe.

Also in­cluded in the lineup are Nona Gar­cia, Mark Jus­tini­ani, Martha Atienza, At Mac­u­lan­gan, Raffy Na­pay, Mac Valdezco, and Pamela Yan Santos.

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