Though nothing beats the experience of viewing an artwork in the flesh, there’s something to be said about virtual museum tours, too. You can view works anytime, anywhere, and as often as you like.
With museums online, you don’t have to spend tons of money to travel to the country where the museum is located, and spend an arm and a leg on entrance fees. And when you’re dealing with an invisible enemy like COVID-19, you’re spared from sharing a room with potential carriers and super spreaders.
For these reasons and more, this year’s edition of Art Fair Philippines goes online from May 6 to 15. While waiting for updates on its website and Facebook page, here’s a teaser of what you can expect to see:
Dali—Magnifying Glass (2020) by Carlo S. Tanseco
Multi-awarded product, furniture, and commercial designer Carlo S. Tanseco makes his debut as a visual artist in this year’s Art Fair Philippines. This painting, a graphic portrait of surrealist Salvador Dali, “represents my different approaches to my pieces…he has so many incarnations in his life—many facets, many iterations,” he said. C
heck out the rest of the collection called “Juxtaposed—Between Order and Complexity” online at Art Cube Gallery.
Valerie (2016) by Olivier Duhamel
Celebrating the beauty of the female form is the objective of this piece and others by the French-born (but New Zealander since 1987) sculptor, Olivier Duhamel. This he achieves through a meticulous process involving individually sliced, laser-cut plywood or acrylic reassembled by hand.
Olivier’s work can be seen in his online exhibit at La Lanta Fine Art.
Apparent (2021) by Allan Balisi
Like many of his works, Allan Balisi’s “Apparent” is a conversation starter. Who is the man on the tree and why is he cutting branches? The contemporary artist also tends to paint people without showing their faces.
“I like the idea of anonymity in human figures,” he said. “Faces have their own expression and have the tendency to misinterpret the work. The expressions also distract or mislead some of the focal points of the painting. Anonymity will give the image [its own] identity.” Catch his online exhibit at Artery Art Space.
Gunungan (1985) by Umi Dachlan
Islamic philosophy, nature, and music are among the inspirations of the celebrated Indonesian abstract artist, Umi Dachlan. The terra cotta colors on this piece represent the earth, the gold symbolizes the divine. See the late artist’s work online at Art Agenda, SEA.