Saturday, September 20, 2014

Juvenal Sanso: Art Quest between 2 Worlds

Title: Juvenal Sanso: Art Quest between 2 Worlds
Author: Rod Paras-Perez with an introduction by Nick Joaquin
Synopsis: We can signal the place of Juvenal Sanso in our culture: he is the belated Kipling of the Spanish era, a Peninsular finally expressing greatly how the Philippines appears to the Peninsular eye. His startling landscapes are the new-found land that Magellan saw, that Legazpi beheld, that Morga analyzed. So if the fruits, flowers, fences, fishponds and nipa huts in Sanso strike you as bizarre although obviously Philippine, bear in mind that those things are being viewed with first time wonder by an eye looking back at them across four centuries. The art of Sanso belongs to a fantastic world. The flower compositions, the landscapes, reveal a mysterious universe full of magic. It is this wonderment that gives his paintings their beauty and renders them both unique and unforgettable. Starting with realistic designs of beautifully firm strokes, he creates visions of nature yet unseen, where the accumulation of certain elements like spongy rocks, mounds of stones, bamboo scaffoldings, form dream landscapes of singular greatness.
Year Published: c1998
ISBN: 971-1005-27-1
Format: Hardbound, dust-jacket
Size: 9.2 x 12.2
No. of Pages: 147 pages
Condition: New
Weight: 1,010 grams

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Nena Saguil: Landscapes and Inscapes from the Material World to the Spiritual

Title: Nena Saguil: Landscapes and Inscapes from the Material World to the Spiritual
Author: Emmanuel Torres
Synopsis: To mark her 89th birth anniversary, the Ateneo Art Gallery is mounting a retrospective of her paintings and drawings spanning five decades. Although it excludes those in foreign collections due to the prohibitive cost of freight and insurance, those in Metro Manila collections suffice to do justice to key aspects of her long career. Nena Saguil: Landscapes and Inscapes seeks to trace the painter’s creative trajectory from figurative/representational to nonfigurative/purely abstract, or nonobjective, art. Thematically, it provides an overview of her metamorphosis from earthy Philippine scenes to cosmic visions, from the material world to the spiritual.
Year Published: c2003 Quezon City
ISBN: 971-92272-0-6
Format: Softbound, glossy paper
Size: 9 x 11
No. of Pages: 62 pages
Condition: Like-new
Weight: .65 kilograms

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Pasig: River of Life CoffeTable Book

Title: Pasig: River of Life
Author: Reynaldo Gamboa Alejandro and Alfred A. Yuson.
Synopsis: This coffeetable book, the first ever on the Pasig River, brings to life the glory and grandeur of this legendary waterway. Fully illustrated, with contributions from notable writers and artists, this book serves as a reference tool, a reminder of the romance of centuries, and a bridge across the widening distance between our historic past and the appreciation of future generations.
Year Published: c2000 Manila
ISBN: 971-92272-0-6
Format: Hardbound, glossy paper, with dust jacket
Size: 12 ¼ x 9 3/8
No. of Pages: 186 pages
Condition: New
Weight: 1.2 kilograms

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Nick Joaquin’s Almanac for Manilenos

Title: Nick Joaquin’s Almanac for Manilenos
Author: Nick Joaquin
Synopsis: Almanac is from Spanish almanaque, itself derived from Arabic al-manakh, which means: the weather. And that about sums up the almanac’s why and wherefor. It was, you might say, the poor man’s newspaper. He bought it once a year. Almanacs are almost by definition for country use, but Nick Joaquin’s Almanac for Manilenos differs by addressing itself to the urban user. It’s a calendar, a weather chart, a sanctoral, a zodiac guide, and a mini encyclopedia on the world of the Manileno. Its main intent is obviously to inform and delight, not a bad aim for any author.
Year Published: c1979 Manila
ISBN: -
Format: Hardbound, bookpaper, with dust jacket
Size: 12.3 x 9.3
No. of Pages: 322 pages
Condition: Old Stuck
Weight: 1.25 kilograms

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A Century of Philippine Legislature: Timelines of Events, People, and Laws that Shaped the Filipino Nation Vols. 1 & 2

Title: A Century of Philippine Legislature: Timelines of Events, People, and Laws that Shaped the Filipino Nation Vols. 1 & 2
Author: Manuel D. Duldulao
Synopsis: This two volume set chronicles Philippine legislative body from its beginnings in 1896 to 2009. Duldulao concisely presents to the reader the timeline of major events and the laws that were passed that significantly shaped the Filipino nation.
Vol. 1, 1896-1945
Vol. 2, 1946-2007
Year Published: Vol. 1 c2007
Vol. 2 c2007
ISBN: -
Format: Vol. 1 Hardbound, slip case, glossy paper
Vol. 2 Hardbound, slip case, glossy paper
Size: Vol.1 12.2 x 9.3
Vol.2 12.2 x 9.3
No. of Pages: Vol. 1 384 pages
Vol. 2 pages 385-890
Condition: New
Weight: 5.1 kilograms

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Botong Francisco: A Nation Imagined

Title: Botong Francisco: A Nation Imagined
Author: Ayala Foundation, Inc.
Synopsis: There are a number of ways to describe and explain the art and legacy of Carlos “Botong” Francisco (1912-1969), who was proclaimed National Artist posthumously in 1973. There is the significant contribution of Botong to Philippine modernism as showcased in the collaborative murals executed with Victorio Edades, acknowledged Father of Philippine Modern Art, and Galo B. Ocampo. As the “poet of Angono,” we have the role of an artist who influenced and, in turn, was inspired by his community – his body of work serves as a visual document of several timeless and traditional folkways. We also have the author of several epic historical murals in a number of key government buildings and universities in Manila, where we see figures of history and legend that have been imbedded in our collective memory and visualizations of heroes. And there is the pioneering work in production design and costumes in the film Genghis Khan, directed by Manuel Conde. Done in 1950, the film was the first Filipino film to be showcased in an international film festival. His artistic genius also extended beyond his lifetime as his works inspired and influenced the next generations of artists in Angono and the lakeshore regions, where the number of visual artists today can easily reach two hundred.
Year Published: c2012 Makati
ISBN: 978-971-8551-83-7
Format: Softbound, glossy paper
Size: 9 x 9
No. of Pages: 117 pages
Condition: New
Weight: 0.4 kilograms

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