Friday, September 19, 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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