In this issue:

BEYOND THE CURRENTS: THE CULTURE AND POWER OF SULU
FROM OUR BOOKS & GIFTS CORNER:
UKKIL: VISUAL ARTS OF THE SULU ARCHIPELAGO
WOMEN IN POETRY AND FORM
IN FOCUS:
AMORSOLO'S PRINCESS URDUJA
COMING SOON:
BROOK ANDREW: EYE TO EYE
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BEYOND THE CURRENTS: THE CULTURE AND POWER OF SULU

Sultan Muhammad Pulalun,
sultan from 1842 to 1862
Cone Room and Dragon Gallery
Ongoing until September 24


With power as its central message, Beyond the Currents: The Culture and Power of Sulu narrates the story of power wielded over European expansion in the lucrative China trading zone. The exhibit also presents the Sulu Sultanate's culture as the heart of a trade zone, market center, and regional power.

Curated by a team led by Dr. Abraham Sakili and Ramon Villegas, Beyond the Currents showcases archival photographs, jewelry, textiles, and ritual objects from private collectors and museum partners. Rare suits of armor and weapons highlight the might of the Sultanate, which survived attempts at Spanish colonization for over 300 years.

FROM OUR BOOKS & GIFTS CORNER:
UKKIL: VISUAL ARTS OF THE SULU ARCHIPELAGO
By Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa
Published by Ateneo de Manila University Press

21.3 x 30.5 cm, 296, Full color

PhP 2,500 for hardbound
PhP 2,100 for softbound


Art in the Sulu archipelago is found everywhere and in different forms: in dance, in music, and in the visual arts. It encompasses the everyday life of Sulu's people such that artistry and utility are intertwined.

Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa, in her book Ukkil: Visual Arts of the Sulu Archipelago, reveals Sulu's folk artistic heritage and culture through extensive research on artifacts and practices. In seven chapters devoted to each visual art (basketry, weaving, embroidery, pottery, carving, casting, and goldsmithing), she links motifs and symbols to the rest of the Philippines and Asia. Photographs of the artifacts' wealth in design and color make the book a visual feast. An exhaustive glossary, bibliography, and captions complete the pleasure of reading this seminal text on Sulu.

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WOMEN IN POETRY AND FORM

Nude
H.R. Ocampo

Alcove Gallery

Women in Poetry and Form presents the Filipino artist's visual and literary fascination with female forms and roles. Selected paintings, drawings, and prints from the Yuchengco Group of Companies collection showcase a range in approaches to the female form. Works by visual artists Fernando Amorsolo, Cesar Legaspi, Anita Magsaysay-Ho, and H.R. Ocampo are complemented by verses by poets Hilario Francia, Angela Manalang-Gloria, and Angelo Suarez. Also on view are metal sculptures of the female form by artist-designer Ann Tiukinhoy Pamintuan.

IN FOCUS:
AMORSOLO'S PRINCESS URDUJA


Princess Urduja, Fernando Amorsolo (1892 - 1972, National Artist for Visual Arts), 1959, oil on canvas, 61 x 87 cm.


In a desperate search for pre-Hispanic icons, nationalists like Jose Rizal eagerly promoted the idea of the legendary Princess Urduja. The fantasies built around the warrior princess were akin to contemporary attempts to mythologize ancient historical icons and rulers such as Cleopatra and the Queen of Sheba.

Amorsolo's Princess Urduja is a historical fantasy: the beautiful princess—dressed in a helmet, a rather revealing vest, and a red tapis—sits on a raised platform as she addresses a throng of warriors brandishing spears. Behind her is a clump of lush bamboo and, beyond that, a mountain range in the distance. Without any strong historical or archaeological evidence for Urduja's 14th century kingdom, the artist would have created all the costumes and weapons in painting, as well as the context of the gathering, from his imagination.

This Amorsolo painting is just a few of the works in the Yuchengco Museum's permanent collection. Princess Urduja is on view at the museum's Masters Gallery, which showcases the fine works of three master painters: Juan Luna, Fernando Amorsolo, and Carlos "Botong" Francisco.

COMING SOON:
BROOK ANDREW: EYE TO EYE

Polemics
Brook Andrew
Bridgeway Gallery and Foyer
July 24 - August 30


Opening on July 24, Eye to Eye features multimedia works—installations, photographs, paintings, drawings, and prints—by leading contemporary artist Brook Andrew. Covering the scope of Andrew's practice over the last decade, the exhibit interrogates the politics of difference and, closely intertwined, the implications of "the gaze."

Brook Andrew: Eye to Eye is an Asialink/Monash University Museum of Art touring exhibit presented by the Australian Embassy Manila in celebration of the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC), as well as the International Day of the World's Indigenous People.


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