ART FAIR PHILIPPINES 2015
Makati City, 5 – 8 February
TAKSU joins Art Fair Philippines 2015, featuring Norberto Roldan in a solo exhibition: ‘The Unbearable Whiteness of Beauty’. The exhibition is composed of recent paintings and wall assemblages that reflects on and re-enforces Google’s result of all white women when searching for “beautiful” women portraits from the pre-Google years of the 60s, 70s and the 80s.
Norberto Roldan took his BA in Philosophy at St. Pius X Seminary, his BFA in Visual Communications at the University of Santo Tomas and his MA in Art Studies at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. He abandoned his early studies for the priesthood for a career in the visual arts. Founding the Black Artists of Asia in 1986 in the wake of a surge of socio-political sensibilities in the aftermath of the Marcos Dictatorship, his work remains rooted in issues of history, religious belief systems, and political and social liberation. Roldan was represented in two landmark surveys of Southeast Asian contemporary art: New Art from Southeast Asia 1992 by the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, and Negotiating Home History and Nation: Two Decades of Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia 1991-2011 by the Singapore Art Museum. He was also represented in the recent exhibit No Country: Contemporary Art For South/Southeast Asia at the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum in New York, Asia Society-Hong Kong and Center for Contemporary Art in Singapore. Roldan is currently artistic director of Green Papaya Art Projects, an independent multi-discplinary platform founded in 2000, while practicing as a visual artist based in Manila.
‘The Pretenders No. 12 (Marlon Brando & Eva Marie Saint)’, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 121.92 x 487.68cm, 2015
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