Thursday, October 18, 2012

Surveying Manila's contemporary art scene

Works from Bastards of Misrepresentation
TOPAZ ARTS will participate in presenting Bastards of Misrepresentation: New York Edition, curated by artist Manuel Ocampo, featuring 20 leading contemporary artists from Manila. In addition to the Woodside-based TOPAZ ARTS, hosts for this multi-venue exhibit, on view October 27 to December 30, include:

Queens Museum of Art/Partnership Gallery
Crossing Art in Queens
NYU Asian/Pacific/American Institute
Tyler Rollins Fine Art
Bastards of Misrepresentation is a show about the cultural scene happening in the Philippines yet is not a definitive show about Philippine art. The 20 artists included represent the “now” of contemporary art in Manila whose works entice and challenge perceptions. Many of the artists have been recognized by the country’s most prestigious awards from the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Artist Awards and the Ateneo Art Awards, and are establishing reputations in Europe, Australia, and Asia, while locally others are highly visible as performers in the underground art, performance and music scene. With an Asian Cultural Council award for the exhibition, TOPAZ ARTS has invited three of the artists from Manila — Yason Banal, Lena Cobangbang and Maria Jeona Zoleta — to participate as Artists-in-Residence, creating new works, site-specific installations and performances.

Poklong Anading, Yason Banal, Bea Camacho, Valeria Cavestany, Lena CobangbangMaria Cruz, Gaston Damag, Dex Fernandez, Arvin Flores, Dina Gadia, David GriggsRobert Langenegger, Romeo Lee, Pow Martinez, Jayson Oliveria, Carlo RicafortTimo Roter, Gerry Tan, MM Yu, Maria Jeona Zoleta

For complete exhibition details, including artist information and a schedule for each venue, click here.

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