Thursday, July 08, 2010

Exhibition and live auction of rare works by National Artist Victorio Edades at Rockwell

Edades Tower and Garden Villas, the latest luxury development of leading property developer Rockwell Land, and Salcedo Auctions, the first and only auction house in the Philippines specializing in fine art, decorative arts, jewelry and collectibles, present the exhibit-auction “Victorio C. Edades: Father of Modern Philippine Art.”

This landmark project marks the first time that so many original works by the National Artist have been gathered together for an exhibition and live auction. As Edadeses hardly come into the market, this presents discerning art collectors with the rare opportunity to acquire an oil on canvas painting or graphic work in charcoal or pen by the master.

Among the highlights of the exhibition to be held at the Edades Tower model unit at Power Plant Mall from 10-15 July 2010 are “Sunburst,” a dazzling 1971 work in oil that shows the full range of the artist’s painterly skill in the post-Impressionist style. Here, the figure of the sun dominates as it rises above a river scene, the rays of light applied in thick impasto suffusing the canvas.

A later landscape, “Davao Shoreline” (1975) shows the artist’s more fluid and gestural approach to representation as he depicts the environs of the city where he moved together with his American-born wife Jean in 1967, following his retirement from the University of Santo Tomas.

The many years that Edades spent at the university, where he served as Director of the College of Fine Arts and Architecture, is foregrounded by the lush painting of the UST Botanical Gardens, which also emphasizes the master’s deep interest in gardening and horticulture.

Edades spent most of his time at his garden in Davao, listening to Chopin as he painted and received friends. Among them were the American missionary Rev. Miles Seaborn and his wife, from whose collection “Badjao” (1975) is derived. Mrs. Seaborn took art lessons under Edades, and the painting the artist gifted to the couple features a personal dedication on the back, giving the work impeccable provenance.

The exhibition’s curator, noted gallerist Norma Crisologo-Liongoren, who is also the Modern Philippine Art Specialist of Salcedo Auctions, was another frequent visitor of the Edadeses during the two and a half years (1977-80) that she spent in Davao with her husband Fred, also a renowned visual artist.

Liongoren became one of the master’s closest confidantes, often exchanging letters with the man who she lovingly calls “Uncle Vic” to this day. On her return trips to Manila, she served as courier during the production of the seminal book on the artist published in 1978. She would later become a dealer of Edades’ graphic works, bearing witness to a number of the drawings featured in this exhibition in the artist’s Davao studio, among these the 1980 nude of a seated Japanese woman, and the back-to-back 1981 pen and ink nudes.

Following the preview, the works will be offered at a live auction to be conducted by Salcedo Auctions on Thursday, 15 July 2010, 6 p.m., at the Glass House across Power Plant Mall. A beautifully-illustrated printed catalogue as well as bidder registration forms will be available at the preview and auction venues.

For more information, please contact Feanne Mauricio (Salcedo Auctions) at 02- 9644996 or Greg Soledad (Rockwell Land) at 02-7930088.

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