PINTO ART: Filipino Contemporary art opens in new york and to the world

Thursday June 1, 2017

Urban Zen, the sanctuary of Donna Karan in Greenwich Village, Manhattan became the fitting venue last May 22nd to showcase Pinto Manila’s maiden opening to showcase Philippine contemporary artists to the world. In his welcome speech, Dr. Joven R. Cuanang, Founder of the Pintô Art Museum, chose no less than New York, being the melting pot of cultures, as the gateway to present the artists and their works. It was very well attended with a powerhouse of cats led by David and Susan Rockefeller and Josie Natori as Honorary Chairs. The Benefit Committee included Donna Karan, Loida Nicolas Lewis, Mercedes Zobel, Daniel Romualdez, Phyllis Hattis Rubin, Joanne de Asis, Renée Price, Rafe Totengco, Edwin R. Josue, Jerry Sibal, among others. The initial hours of by invitation only private viewing audience were welcomed with an overflow of champagnes and wines matched with canapés and fine hors d’oeurves as they savor the works by Mark Justiniani, Elmer Borlongan, Emmanuel Garibay, Tony Leano, Rodel Tapaya, Marina Cruz, Raffy Napay, Jigger Cruz, Kawayan De Guia, Martha Atienza, RG Habulan, Dexter Sy, Jaypee Samson, Gil Batle, Jim Orencio, Winner Jumalon and others. A number of these artists have already gained international renown. There were live performances during the exhibit as highly respected artists, curators, gallerists, collectors, politicians and journalists in Manila mingled with the New York crowd. Federico de Vera curated and pared down the pieces from sixty four (64) artworks by forty five (45) artists. This initial offering was overwhelmingly received with over ninety per cent of the works sold during that period. Proceeds of the benefit went to support Asian Cultural Council’s Philippines Program. Ms. Teresa Rances, ACC Philippines’ Director, showcased its program in supporting chosen Filipino artists for research and fellowship in the US as well as...... Read more on Full Issue!

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