Impressive Contemporary Art Pieces Up For Auction on Asian Cultural Council's 5th Year Anniversary
Asian Cultural Council's annual art auction, in collaboration with Leon Gallery, will showcase on February 23 at 2PM the best works of Filipino masters, icons, and outstanding contemporary artists, including some of the foremost visual artists-ACC Fellowship grantees.
ACC fellows Ambie Abaño, Anton del Castillo, Noel Soler Cuizon, Dexter Fernandez, Riel J. Hilario, Leeroy New, and Samuel Penaso will be presenting exceptional works to form part of the impressive pieces up for auction in a show of solidarity to raise funds for the ACC grants program.
Since 1963, Filipino artists from all art fields are being supported in their pursuit of cultural exchange through research, studies, and residencies anywhere in the United States or any country across Asia through the ACC fellowship grant. Among the luminaries in the ACC alumni list are National Artists Lucresia Kasilag, Jose Maceda and Ramon Santos for Music; Jose Joya for Visual Arts, Alice Reyes for dance and recently proclaimed stalwart Kidlat Tahimik (project grantee for Film). They are joined by some of the notable scholars and leading contemporary and young emerging artists in theater, literature, architecture, and other allied arts.
Describing the impact of the ACC fellowship experience, 2006 grantee ANTON DEL CASTILLO shares, ”Not only did the ACC grant take me to various places across the US, but it also took me to a whole other world of art that I wouldn't have known were it not for ACC. The opportunity to explore various museums across the country left me with knowledge that would prove useful to my practice throughout the years. I may have only stayed in New York for a short while, but the 6-month residency provided by the ACC changed my views on art, and hence my life, forever.”
The Asian Cultural Council Art Auction is an annual benefit event to support the ACC Philippines and its mission to promote Filipino artists through its grants program. As a non-profit organization, the ACC supports cultural exchange in the visual and performing arts between the United States and the countries of Asia. The primary emphasis of ACC’s program is on providing individual fellowship grants to artists, scholars, and specialists from Asia to study, research and do creative work anywhere in the United States and/or countries in Asia. In 2000, ACC Phils. Foundation Inc. was established to further help in providing grants via the ACC Philippine Fellowship Program. To date, over 100 artists have been recipients of the fellowship grant through the efforts of the ACCPFI.
2012 grantee Riel Hilario also shares his experience in the ACC program. “It provided me with a sense of context for my practice as a sculptor working with traditional genre with the intent of participating in the discourse of ‘contemporaneity.’ This context was the sum of meetings, networks, encounters, engagements and debates with fellow grantees, curators, peers in the US and in Malaysia, that helped dismantle bias, prejudices that I have acquired in an insular Manila-centric art scene and helped me see other perspectives, challenges and goals in art making on a more global scale. The grant gave me a better vantage point on how to assess my work, the places where they are made and shown and how the highways and marketplaces of ideas and cultural values accrue or subtract from the potency of the artwork.”
A special preview of the auction pieces starts February 20, 2019 at the Leon Gallery, G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino Corner Legaspi Streets, Legaspi Village, Makati City; while the ACC-Leon Gallery Booth at The Link, await visitors and patrons during the Art Fair Philippines on February 21-24, 2019.