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Buying young and being art savvy
by ARTSPEAK By Ramon E.S. Lerma - March 2, 2007 - 12:00am
Not too long ago, an oil painting by the late Paris-based Philippine expatriate artist Nena Saguil sold at auction through Sotheby’s for P2.5 million. What...
The bleeding hearts club
by ARTSPEAK By Ramon E.S. Lerma - February 12, 2007 - 12:00am
When David Griggs arrived in the Philippines to take up an Asialink residency at the Ateneo Art Gallery last year, it had the makings of a classic travel horror story. Catching a food virus somewhere in...
The abject art of Louie Cordero
by ARTSPEAK By Ramon E.S. Lerma - December 4, 2006 - 12:00am
Recently, I came across an Amazon.com review of Simon Schama’s recently published book, Power of Art. It read: "Great art has dreadful manners... The hushed reverence of the gallery can fool you...
‘Los nuevos indios bravos’
by ARTSPEAK By Ramon E.S. Lerma - June 12, 2006 - 12:00am
What could be a more provocative way to commemorate The Year of the Philippines in Spain than to see history repeat itself?
What makes ‘new media’ new?
by ARTSPEAK By Ramon E.S. Lerma - May 1, 2006 - 12:00am
Something special took place a couple of weeks ago.
The beauty agenda
by ARTSPEAK By Ramon E.S. Lerma - February 27, 2006 - 12:00am
Recently, I had the pleasure of organizing one of the post-symposium events for a significant international conference organized by the independent curator and critic Marian Pastor Roces and her Edge Curatorial Projects...
The Philippines at the 20th AIAE: A sense of place
by ARTSPEAK By Ramon E.S. Lerma - January 23, 2006 - 12:00am
What is the current state of Philippine visual art practice? And how do our artists fare vis-à-vis their Asian colleagues? These are perhaps the most important questions being addressed by the hosts and organizers...
Mecca for contemporary art: The Venice Biennale
by ARTSPEAK By Ramon E.S. Lerma - December 19, 2005 - 12:00am
What does it take to build a pavilion at the Venice Biennale? A few million dollars? That’s chicken feed when we have the powers-that-be twittering about a white elephant airport!
Uncommon Uppsala
by ARTSPEAK By Ramon E.S. Lerma - November 7, 2005 - 12:00am
After spending a week in Stockholm, my wife and I headed north to the city of Uppsala where this year’s University Museums and Collections (UMAC) conference was being held.
Stockholm: Recovering Rembrandt, discovering Moderna Museet
by ARTSPEAK By Ramon E.S. Lerma - October 17, 2005 - 12:00am
Three weeks ago, my wife Karen and I embarked on our annual art excursion, which took us this time to Europe. Our journey began in a most extraordinary place – one of my favorite cities in the world, Stockholm. Sweden...
‘Zero-In’: Constructing constructs of ourselves
by ARTSPEAK By Ramon E.S. Lerma - October 3, 2005 - 12:00am
It’s amazing how, given our nation’s penchant for discord, our museums continue to serve as beacons of steadfastness: forging ahead in spite of tremendous pressure to focus on the bottom line.
What to do inside art galleries
by ARTSPEAK By Ramon E.S. Lerma - September 19, 2005 - 12:00am
For many people, art galleries can be very intimidating places. To help reduce such anxieties, and give you the confidence to cross the threshold into the fascinating world of the visual arts, allow me first to describe...
The ineffable Maria Cruz
by ARTSPEAK By Ramon E.S. Lerma - August 15, 2005 - 12:00am
Very few Filipino visual artists can rightfully claim to have international stature. And by international, I don’t just mean being transplanted from one’s homeland to practice art overseas, participating...
When life imitates art
by ARTSPEAK By Ramon E.S. Lerma - July 25, 2005 - 12:00am
Jack en Poy Hale Hale Hoy Sinong Matalo Siyang unggoy! It is hard to imagine how a painting that is barely 20 years old can be considered a modern masterpiece. But that is exactly what "Jack en Poy"...
ROBERTO VILLANUEVA AND JUNYEE: The nature and art of intervention
by ARTSPEAK By Ramon E.S. Lerma - July 4, 2005 - 12:00am
If creativity is born out of inner necessity, then the wellspring of environmental art is perhaps a primordial one. Spun around abstractions of yin and yang, night and day, endings and new beginnings, the flow of...
When art enjoys ‘some’ diplomatic immunity
by ARTSPEAK By Ramon E.S. Lerma - June 13, 2005 - 12:00am
When was the last time that Manila folk were treated to an exhibition of contemporary art from the United States? If memory serves me right, there was this forgettable show of photographs taken by a group of lensmen...
The ritual power of art
by ARTSPEAK By Ramon E.S. Lerma - May 30, 2005 - 12:00am
As a young boy in the mid-Seventies, I didn’t spend much time in the playground, nor did I cavort with the neighborhood kids. Who needed that? When I had my very own lair where I could run amuck, tumbling over...
Beyond anguish: Ang Kiukok (1931-2005)
by ARTSPEAK By Ramon E.S. Lerma - May 16, 2005 - 12:00am
When I learned about Ang Kiukok’s passing on May 10, the first emotion that I felt was not sadness or grief but, rather, respect and admiration for a man who lived completely. Ang was that rare breed among...
‘Art sins’ and redemption
by ARTSPEAK By Ramon E.S. Lerma - April 18, 2005 - 12:00am
When certain issues come to my attention that leave me feeling cross, I try to channel these frustrations into words, hoping to inspire others to reflect and mend their ways. Perhaps the sadness that I felt with...
Singapore slings its future to art – and so should we
by ARTSPEAK By Ramon E.S. Lerma - April 4, 2005 - 12:00am
I’ve just come back from a most enlightening three-day conference organized by the Singapore Art Museum for the ASEAN-COCI Subcommittee on Culture.
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