Even before the official unveiling of Ferdie Cacnio's "UPLift" sculpture in UP Diliman, the sculptor has had to defend himself against accusations of plagiarism stemming from a Facebook post by netizen Lei Lois Tolentino Azarcon, which quickly went viral. In her post last Saturday, Azarcon noted the striking similarities between "UPLift" and Dutch artist Elisabet Stienstra's "The Virgins of Apeldoorn," both of which featured a levitating woman. Cacnio promptly denied any act of plagiarism on his part, stating that he has "never seen nor heard of Ms. Stienstra or her work." His wife, Bing Cacnio, reiterated this, adding that it is "distinctly a Ferdinand Cacnio artwork." Stienstra's husband, Thom Puckey, also weighed in with his personal opinion that Stienstra's work was "clearly plagiarized" in this case. Below are the statements made by those involved..
Basel, June 13, 2017. The Baloise Art Prize has been awarded to Martha Atienza from the Philippines and Sam Pulitzer from the USA. The prize of CHF 30,000.- will be presented at the Statements sector of Art Basel by a jury of international experts. The prize includes the acquisition by Baloise of a group of works by the award winners, which are donated to two important museums in Europe: the Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and the MUDAM, Luxembourg.
Photos courtesy of the office of Sen. Loren Legarda
The 57th International Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia titled VIVA ARTE VIVA curated by Christine Macel focuses on art and artists and the Philippine Pavilion responds to this call, said Senator Loren Legarda.
Legarda, the visionary and principal advocate of the Philippines’ participation in the Venice Biennale, said that the 2017 Philippine Pavilion, The Spectre of Comparison, curated by Joselina Cruz is in sync with Macel’s concept for the Biennale exhibition.
The Senior Interior Design students of St. Scholastica’s College-Manila will be holding its 18th Interior Design Graduation exhibit entitled “Viridescent: Reducing Carbon Footprint through Interior Design” at Century City Mall, Makati from April 27-May 7, 2017. This exhibit consists of eleven (10) booths that have diverse existing projects.
(Manila) 25 March 2017 – Dreams of themed figure drawing sessions have come to life last March 25, 2017 when non-profit art group Pens N’ Brushes debuted its series of nude figure drawing events at The Open Space Manila with an impressive theme of the assassination of Julius Caesar.
Text by Marz Aglipay
"Dance," a group show which opened on March 26, 2017 at Secret Fresh Gallery, features "Evil Be To Him That Evil Thinks" by Ku Romillo. The artist shared a photo of the artwork on her Facebook page the day after the opening. The post instantly went viral and currently has 41k reactions, almost 20k shares, and 2.8k comments. The buzz around the artwork probably has to do with its explicit sexual content.
Warning: graphic images NSFW
Erwin Viado’s newest works made its international debut at the Oxford International Art Fair 2017 in Oxford Town Hall, United Kingdom from 24th – 26th February.
A case study by the World Bank-UN Office on Drugs and Crime’s Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative estimated that former President Marcos had purloined between $5 billion and $10 billion during his reign from 1965 to 1986. The Philippine Commission on Good Government (PCGG) was formed in 1986 to recover all of the ill-gotten wealth accumulated by the Marcoses.
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