Ayala Museum Celebrates 49 Years of Gus Albor
Best known for his thought-provoking minimalist pieces, artist Gus Albor takes the spotlight this month thanks to a unique retrospective at the Ayala Museum in Makati.
Titled Territory, the exhibition celebrates Albor’s 49-year-long artistic career and features what is considered the largest number of his works in a single space: nearly 200 individual pieces spread across two galleries. Along with a selection of oil canvases, large-scale sculptures, and mixed-media installations done between 1969 and 2018, Territory will also present several figurative illustrations that show the full range of Albor’s cognitive and tactile dissertations.
According to renowned art critic Cid Reyes, “The art of Albor had to surmount the pleasurable sensuous treatment of his canvases, his fine eye for the distinct subtleties of texture and light, sensitive to the stirrings of fluid pigment and the impulses of his hand. While many abstract artists may contend that they are creating artworks as objects, [he] regards his paintings as emanations of his conviction and concepts, indeed an exposition of his existence.”
The 70-year-old Albor is an alumnus of the University of the East (UE) where he attended the School of Music and Fine Arts. He also attended the West Surrey College of Fine Art in England under the auspices of a British Council study grant. He has received numerous awards from across the globe and his work has been shown in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United States.
Territory opens to the public on 28 November and will be on display until 10 February 2019.