My buying started because a close friend of mine, Elizabeth Punsalan, became an art dealer in the early 70’s. She was the first serious art dealer that I knew and was really an advisor. From her, I was able to purchase a few pieces that remain favorites till today.
I cannot honestly call myself a collector, that is more of my husband’s hobby. He is a both serious and passionate about it….my role is simply to make my house a home and not a museum or storage facility.
I have to like what I buy and not want to put it in storage. Through the years, someone like me, always thinks about where to put, hang, and enjoy what we acquire. I have yet to learn how to let go of pieces that I have outgrown.
Always like what you buy. Art is very personal and should always be enjoyed. To covet, for the purpose of investment, is a reality that one has to live with, but it becomes about the money, and not about the art. But then, different strokes for different folks. It keeps the market alive and I am not one to question those dynamics.
I think we are already there in the Asian market. Filipino art isn’t “out there”, because there is a happy market, purchasing the goods right here. Shhhhh. We have long appreciated our own, for quite awhile. You have been in enough homes in Manila to have seen this first hand. The international development has been happening for awhile, just not on a sophisticated level.
When Valentine Willie came to Manila to open Manila Contemporary and in the same year, got on Time magazine’s “Things to do in Manila”, it set the art market as having arrived to a level that was of destination point for visitors. The point was to put Filipino artists in the same venue with Asean artists and for the local artists to understand that they were at par with their neighbors. No one ever looked at it that way, within our shores.
Silverlens, has gone on over, to branch outside of the Philippines and do us proud, as has the Drawing Room. This kind of representation and collaboration can only help the art scene for the region. How exciting for us.
It is really economically based. When there is prosperity, there will be a budget and the cultural scene will be supported. If the government truly wants to support the arts, then a standard of excellence much like many other developed countries do, needs to be put into place with credible leadership.
All cultural scenes need to be supported as part of the government budget in all governments. It is how a country maintains and ensures growth of its national identity. Without it, the soul of a nation cannot evolve.
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