Art in the Park Online returns for a 15th anniversary special edition on July 25 to August 1, 2021 at www.artinthepark.ph. The eight-day online fair will feature over 10,000 artworks from 62 galleries, four special exhibits, and a variety of special online activities.
Since 2006, approximately P20 million raised from the country’s premier affordable art fair has been allocated by the Museum Foundation of the Philippines for its projects to expand awareness for the National Museum and its network.
The funds raised enable Museum Foundation of the Philippines to run a grants program for varied cultural endeavors, including publications support and international benchmarking tours by executives of the National Museum.
The lineup of participants for Art in the Park Online 2021 Special Edition include Altro Mondo Gallery, Ang I.n.K., Archivo 1984, Arnold Art Collection, ArtBeat Collective, Artepintura Gallery, Artery Art Space, ART for Space Gallery, ART LAB: Atelier Cesare & Jean Marie Syjuco, ArtPAPER, Art Toys PH, Art Underground, Art Verite Gallery, Association of Pinoyprintmakers, Authenticity Zero Collective, Avellana Art Gallery, Boston Art Gallery, Cevio Art Haus, Cornerstone Pottery – EJ Espiritu, District Gallery, FA Gallery, Far Eastern University, Galeria de las Islas, Galerie Anna, Galerie Artes, Galerie Stephanie, Good on Paper, ILCP Art Space, Jon and Tessy Pettyjohn, J Studio, KASIBULAN – Kababaihan sa Sining at Bagong Sibol na Kamalayan, Kulay Art Group, Limbo, Los Nuevos Conquistadores, MAG, Manila Collage Collective, Modeka Art, MONO8 Gallery, Museum Foundation of the Philippines, Nineveh Artspace, Neal Oshima Photography, Orange Project, Parokyano ng Malabon, Qube Gallery, Resurrection Furniture and Found Objects Gallery, Sagada Pottery, Sheerjoy, Shelter Fund, Sierra Madre Gallery, Space Encounters, TUP-CAFA Fine Arts Department, The Mighty Bhutens, The Photography Zone, The Thursday Group, Tin-Aw, UP College of Fine Arts, Village Art Gallery, Vinyl on Vinyl, vMeme Contemporary Art Gallery, Ysobel Art Gallery, and White Walls Gallery.
All artworks are priced at P70,000.00 and below for this special edition, which will continue to benefit the Museum Foundation of the Philippines in support of their projects and programs for the National Museum of the Philippines and its network.
Featured artists and special exhibits
Antipas Delotavo for Art in the Park
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Art in the Park Online 2021: Special Edition will present Gridlock, a special exhibit of new paintings on canvas by noted Social Realist, Antipas Delotavo. These pieces take on the appearance of collages and contain rich visual detail, drawn out of the artist’s commitment to the study of nameless citizens that contribute to the nation.
Get to know Leeroy New and Anna Bautista during Globe Platinum Hour
Also featured is the multi-hyphenate Leeroy New, a creative tour de force who works in fashion, film, theater, production design, performance, and of course, the visual arts. He has three projects lined up for Art in the Park 2021 Online: Special Edition.
New will give Manila’s art lovers a glimpse of Mebuyan Vessel Polyp, set to be installed at Art in the Park’s homebase of Jaime Velasquez Park for the duration of the online fair. The public art installation is a sneak peek of a much more ambitious piece arising in La Union later this year, which will be New’s participation for Burning Man, the annual event’s online edition.
Art in the Park 2021 Online: Special Edition will also unveil its first foray into AR, or augmented reality, via Aliens of Manila, one of New’s celebrated headpieces originally fabricated from colorful plastic containers, making its debut as an Instagram filter.
In addition, Iris is New’s online exhibit of mirror pieces available at Art in the Park’s website. He describes this as “a series of magic mirror sculptures conjured while in lockdown. Mirrors as portals, as windows to the soul and other worlds. Eyes with mascara melting the way reality dissolves.“
Tune in to Globe Platinum Hour at 8:00 pm daily to go behind the scenes of New’s artistic practice.
Also taking the spotlight for Globe Platinum Hour is young visual artist, Anna Bautista, with Time Capsules.
Bautista’s works tackle the concept of time, culture and philosophy, how these elements are all interlinked and constantly respond to each other. Spurred by the spirit of gratitude, Bautista conceptualized Time Capsules, carried out in both canvas and textile, creating images symbolic of this unsettling period, both as a tribute to those in the frontlines, and a record that can be looked back upon.
Globe Platinum Hour for Kids
Art in the Park 2021 Online: Special Edition welcomes back Robert Alejandro. The very popular Teacher Robert will once again host a special session for the junior set on Saturday, July 31, at 10 am.
BPI Art Clips features Adrift by Eugenia Alcaide
Rounding out this edition’s special exhibits is Adrift, Eugenia Alcaide’s entirely new vision of threadwork in an ocean of surreal, electric color.
Alcaide broke into the art scene almost a decade ago through Art in the Park via portraits using thread. Adrift will be a showcase of Alcaide’s pioneering techniques in layered threadwork, as she weaves intricate compositions of “doubt, despair, and desolation”, in an exploration of how people can be connected and adrift at the same time.
Art in the Park is organized by Philippine Art Events, Inc., for the benefit of the Museum Foundation of The Philippines in partnership with Globe Platinum and Bank of The Philippine Islands, with support from MACEA and Barangay Bel Air. For more information, please visit www.artinthepark.ph and follow www.facebook/artinthepark and @artintheparkph on Instagram.