Telling Modern Time: The Life and Art of Botong Francisco Coching
The honor of your presence is requested at the book launch, film premiere, and exhibit opening of Telling Modern Time: The Life and Art of Botong Francisco Coching on , at the South Wing Gallery of the , Agrifina Circle, Rizal Park, Manila.
This landmark exhibition traces the discourse between the high art of painting and the low media of komiks and graphic design in the works of Botong Francisco and Francisco Coching. It offers an intelligent account of the complex and often ambivalent relationship between art and popular culture, which signaled the emergence of Philippine modernity.
>From the hectic postwar years to the advent of Martial Law, Botong Francisco and Francisco Coching articulated the visual sensibility of their era. Botong transformed sly notebook caricatures and design sketches into sprawling murals. Coching delved into abstruse historical sources and the widely circulated Tagalog novels of his time to create stirring narratives of Filipino heroism and nationhood in his komiks. Together they forged an iconography of the folk and the popular, the mass and the national in kindred registers.
Telling Modern Time: The Life and Art of Botong Francisco Coching, on view at the from , will feature approximately 100 works by Botong and Coching, spanning a fascinating range of material, including komiks excerpts, murals, prints, sketches, and memorabilia.
The exhibition is accompanied by a limited-edition numbered box set, available only at the opening night at a specially discounted price. The box set includes:
*The of Telling Modern Time with an extensive introduction by Dr. Patrick Flores
*Scholarly essays by well-respected art historians and critics chronicling Botong’s and Coching’s lives and works
*Over five hundred full-color illustrations, paintings and sketches by both artists, in small- and large-scale formats
*Comprehensive listings of both artists’ works
We hope that you will join us in this groundbreaking event to celebrate Philippine artistic culture and history.
Audrey Jalandoni (4168460 / 09159159335)
Karen Lucero (4168460 / 09157005470