The Philippine pavilion of the 56th International Art Exhibition or La Biennale di Venezia happening here until November is now on two lists of must-see national pavilions not to be missed by both critics and art lovers.
Art—one word with three letters and one syllable, yet it means a handful of things to different people. Art can be very subjective, the same way that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But essentially, if a piece moves you even in the slightest way, that’s enough reason to call it art.
It had to happen again. One was a case of addition, this time it’s subtraction. Five years ago, the controversy over the worthiness of four personages proclaimed National Artists by President Gloria Arroyo stole the thunder from those whose eminent worth was unquestioned.
A Rembrandt painting stolen from a French museum in 1999 and worth millions has been recovered in the southern city of Nice, a source close to the investigation said Wednesday.
There’s an inner glow in the women of Remy Boquiren, as if a mysterious fire like that which radiates from a gemstone has been placed at the heart of the figures, highly idealized and unabashedly romantic, as only a woman of the old school could render them. Boquiren calls them “that radiant, luminous effect,” an inner light that she situates at the chest and core of the figures.
National Artist José Joya had a peculiar way of greeting each New Year. On New Year’s eve, Peping, as he was known to family and friends, would lock himself in his studio, away from the charivari and excess of the holidays, to work on a painting and would emerge only after the revelries had the died down.