Exhibition of contemporary Philippine art at Tribeca Oct 4 to 15

Eleanor Giron

Pintô Manhattan Manila 2 will exhibit works by more than 30 contemporary Philippine artists on October 4, and continuing until October 15, at 74 Franklin Street (between Broadway and Church Street) in TriBeCa. The works will be sold to benefit the Asian Cultural Council (ACC) ’s Philippines Program and the Pintô Art Museum.

This exhibition is curated by Antonio Leano in conjunction with Pintô’s founder Dr. Joven Cuanang, and Dr. Luca Parolari, and supported by David and Susan Rockefeller and Ambassador Teodoro and Louie Locsin.

Pintô International seeks to present Philippine contemporary art beyond the borders of Asia in the manner envisioned by the philosophy of the Pintô Art Museum, both via a permanent exhibition space and cultural salon in the East Village, and with international pop-up art exhibitions in some of the world’s cultural capitals, including Milan, San Sebastian, and London. The organization has just recently staged a similar venture with “Pintôkyo” in Japan midway this year, proving that Pintô International, the global face of Pintô Art Museum, is possibly the only Philippine institution that could pull off a show of such staggering scale and magnitude abroad.

For this recent iteration, Pintô International will feature a plethora of artists of different stylistic persuasions and temperaments. This will be the second time that Pintô will hold a show in New York City. Its initial salvo, “Pintô Manhattan Manila,” held in the West Village last year under the blessing of David Rockefeller, Donna Karan and Josie Natori, asserted the presence of Filipino artists in what is considered as the world’s capital. It’s logical to call the current exhibition “Pintô Manhattan Manila 2,” as it shares the same spirit as the first.

Opening this Thursday, Oct. 4, 6 p.m., at 74 Franklin St. in TriBeCa in New York City, “Pintô Manhattan Manila 2,” which will benefit the Asian Cultural Council and Pintô Art Museum, is set to repeat the success of the previous shows as it will offer the same eclectic selection of works ranging from forays into hyperrealism to conceptual experimentations, from contemplations of social reality to lyric evocations of the materiality of art. The curatorial stance of Pintô International has been clear since the beginning: to present, in the broadest possible view, the wildly diverse practices of contemporary Filipino artists.

Elmer Borlongan

Participating in “Pintô Manhattan Manila 2” are Agnes Arellano, Elmer Borlongan, Gino Bueza, Zean Cabangis, Aba Lluch Dalena, Igan D’Bayan, Anton del Castillo*, Lec Cruz, Cian Dayrit, Antipas Delotavo, John Paul Duray, Alfredo Esquillo and Anthony Victoria (who have turned in a collaborative work), Mark Andy Garcia, Emmanuel Garibay, Renato Habulan, Johanna Helmuth, Riel Hilario*, JC Jacinto, Winner Jumalon*, and Antonio Leaño, who will be curating the show. Completing the list are Keiye Miranda, Miquel Miro, Jayson Montinola, Raffy Napay, Jayson Oliveria, Jim Orencio, Bernardo Pacquing, Anthony Palomo, Lynyrd Paras, Ian Quirante, Pogs Samson, Arturo Sanchez, Yasmin Sison, Dexter Sy, Wire Tuazon, Wesley Valenzuela, Ronald Ventura, Ryan Villamael, Cris Villanueva Jr., Miles Villanueva, and Jay Viriña.

While the lineup features seasoned veterans, many of the artists are in their 20s and 30s. This emphasis on providing the platform for these bright young things is the vision of Dr. Joven Cuanang, Professor of Neurology and president of Pintô International.

“My choice was to go ahead and feature the young artists who are now, more or less, at the verge of Philippine art,” Dr. Cuanang says. “That’s really my interest. Being a teacher, in that particular sense, I like to see the young talents emerge.”

Working with Dr. Cuanang is Dr. Luca Parolari, director of Pintô International and the organization’s point person in New York. He oversees Pintô NYC, both an exhibition space as well as a salon in the East Village where conversations about and beyond art take place. These regular events help generate an international audience for what the Filipino talent richly offers. “What we do is to create a space where the international community in New York can come and enjoy interesting conversations, meet like-minded people, and meanwhile they get exposed to Filipino art and culture.” — Pintô Manhattan Manila 2

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