September 05, 2022
Two years into a pandemic that has yet to see its end, there is no doubt that Philippine art has more than survived, it has thrived. The boom of online channels opened up local art to global audiences. Traditional galleries, previously slow to adapt to new technologies, needed to follow suit.
Having been around for more than two decades, Gallery Nine has been part of the major movements in the Philippine art scene since its establishment in 1999. A pioneer exhibitor of the longest-running art fair, ManilART, and convenor of the Annual Sculpture Review that has been running for eighteen years, its rosters include some of the most preeminent art practitioners today.
Since 2020, the gallery has expanded its offering to both a physical onsite exhibit and an online virtual visit via 360 walkthrough for all its shows. G9 Online, its devoted digital platform, debuted at ManilART2021 with the first-ever exhibition of digital art at The National Art Fair.
For its 23rd anniversary, Gallery Nine returns to the SM Megamall Art Center with a twin-billed presentation. The Annual Sculpture Review, Year 18, will present the works of over 60 sculptors. This yearly gathering since 2004 has served as a reunion of top sculptors as well as debuts of promising additions to the ranks as presented by their own colleagues in the profession. Over the years, the show has kickstarted the careers of some of the top names in Philippine sculpture today. This year's roster includes Aba Lluch Dalena, Al Perez, Bell Sison, Danny Rayos Del Sol, Elmer Dumlao, Glenn Cagandahan, Helena Alegre, Jaime Nepomuceno, James Frani Dayrit, Jik Villanueva, JInggoy Salcedo, Julie Lluch, Marge Organo, Maria Magdamit, Merlito “Noy” Gepte, Meroy Castrillo, Ral Arrogante, Ramon Orlina, Richard Buxani, Salvador “Buds” Convocar, Salvador Ching, Sam Penaso, Willy Layug, and Wilson William Baldemor, to name some.
Entre blanc, its double-header, features works of eight dynamic contemporary artists that showcase works diverse in medium and content. From florals to footwear, ads to abstraction, it promises to demonstrate the versatility of the contemporary canvas. Featured are Athena BD Tolentino, Bea Policarpio, C. Yu, Isobel Francisco, Kara Pangilinan, Katelyn Ann Miñoso, Lee Caces, and Melissa Yeung Yap.
The twin exhibits shall open to the public from September 7-29 at the SM Megamall Art Center and will be viewable virtually from September 9 at www.galleryninemanila.com. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram @galleryninemnl