Thursday ∗ 22 Mar 2012

before the auction

went to the “unveiling” of sorts of the Philippine art that’s up for auction at Salcedo Auctions, and i could only be overwhelmed by that collection. i of course gravitated towards the Santi Boses (two!) that are up for auction, particularly pages of him talking about his work in his own handwriting — *weep* — in a letter written in 1976 — *sniff sniff*

but there’s also “Bataan,” a 1949 Fernando Amorsolo, though more than that they’ve also got “A Portrait of a Spanish Lady,” a 1920 crayon-on-paper portrait. was also blown away by the rarely seen (at least by me) 1981 work of Vicente Manansala in woodcut entitled “Birds,” an Ang Kiukok 1979 “Nude” that actually is conventional nude, a circa 1885 Juan Luna untitled landscape piece, and Arturo Luz’s black and white works.

it reminds me of what Mabi said about publishing independently, and trusting that at some point books will find their way to readers. here one can only be excited about art that might and will (and should!) fall into the hands of owners who deserve them. ideally over and above the fact they can afford it, yes? yes.

go see the art before they auction off on Saturday!

Amorsolo's Bataan

Amorsolo's Bataan

Juan Luna.

Juan Luna.

Manansala.

Manansala.

 

Arturo Luz.

Arturo Luz.

Santi Bose.

Santi Bose.

 

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4 Comments/Pingbacks

  1. katrina
    March 26, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    hi raymond! ohmygoodness. 2k? now i’m sad i couldn’t make it to the auction. :( i could’ve fought for that. *sniff*

  2. raymond see
    March 30, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    i wanted to shout and tell the bidders i paid MUCH MORE than that for the SANTI BOSE manuscripts….but i couldnt…hahahaa. All the big guys were there.,,,dont worry i sold some items at higher bids…hahahaa…so i didnt wind up crying…

    by the way i kept a copy of all the pages write up of santi. you want me to send you a jpeg copy? your email add. please. mine is rmrmetalfab@yahoo.com a pity i didnt know you before..and didnt know you were in the cocktails…ray

  3. Nerrizza Reyes
    August 9, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Hi. How much po nakuha yung Bataan?

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