art of the Philippines at AGNSW

Passion and procession: art of the Philippines

24 June – 12 November 2017 at the Art Gallery of NSW

Passion and procession presents the work of ten contemporary artists, Santiago Bose, Marina Cruz, Alfredo Esquillo Jr, Nona Garcia, Renato Habulan, Gerladine Javier, Mark Justiniani, Alwin Reamillo, Norberto Roldan and Rodel Tapaya.

Their work, which spans 20 years of practice and incorporates painting, sculpture, video and installation.

The image at the top of this page is of three works by Marina Cruz – one of several highlights in this exhibition.

The Bayanihan Philippine Art Project is being presented over a four-month period – a series of exhibitions, performances, creative writing and community programs – in Sydney at the Art Gallery of NSWBlacktown Arts Centre,  Mosman Art Gallery,  Peacock Gallery (Auburn) and  Campbelltown Arts Centre.

Here’s a few more images of what I saw as the highlights from the AGNSW exhibition.



and a little sad story.

The poor guard has his work cut out for him.

A grand mother appeared with a child who she was minding on a ‘pupil free day’ – being what should have been the first day back at school.

The minder took a call on the phone and while she followed the child around, the child continued to walk up and touch each artwork she approached despite being spoken to continuously by the guard.

In the end the minder finished her loud phone conversation and said to the guard ‘ it is really hard for her as everything is so tempting”.

At which we laughed! and left.

and one last word

the star of the show was out the front of the exhibition – being an artwork by the current favourite, Rodel Tapaya.

I have studied this work and the one in the NGA – and I have to admit – no – these works do not work for me.

This exhibition at the AGNSW is definitely recommended – if only to see Marina Cruz’s three works.

Here’s the AGNSW page on this exhibition – click here.

There is so much to see at the AGNSW right now – see other posts on these exhibitions.

Making Modernism – click here

Victorian Watercolours – click here

Mervyn Bishop photographs – click here





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