Magnificent September Auction 2015 of Leon Gallery’s Soon

Art pieces with fascinating histories, early works from first solo-exhibitions, Objet d’art,  and cutting-edge contemporary works will be the highlight in the much-awaited sale called Magnificent September Auction 2015. It will happen at Leon Gallery’s on September 12,2015 2 PM.Two  artworks  from  the  respective  early  shows  of  Anita  Magsaysay-Ho  –  “Boti!Garapa!”  circa  1946  –  and  Benedicto  Cabrera  –  “Scavenger”  from  1966  –  each  with fascinating histories and back stories, are sure to delight discriminating collectors.

As part of the post-war rehabilitation efforts of the Commonwealth government of President Sergio Osmena, with the aim to reconstruct our damaged cultural institutions and the “renascent vigor of Philippine culture,” an exhibition of paintings of Anita Magsaysay-Ho– 47 artworks in all, including the oil on wood work “Boti! Garapa!” –  was held at the United States Information Library in Intramuros on February 23 to March 10, 1946 with First LadyEsperanza Osmena as Guest of Honor during the opening reception.Anita Lavanderas-1

Galo B. Ocampo, who at that time was the Chief of the Art Section, Office of the President, and incidentally, her classmate at UP, described the choice of Anita thus: “In the paintings of Miss Magsaysay, one sees an exceptionally gifted artist who will go on hurdlingthe obstacles that stand on the way.

”Meanwhile in 1966, all of 24 years old, Benedicto Cabrera – or Bencab as the artistis more popularly known – together with his brother Salvador and friends Bibsy Carballo and Francisco Navarro, opened the Indigo Gallery in Mabini with his first solo show of some sixteen artworks, including this piece “Scavenger”.  Debuting as well at this juncture was Sabel – the most recognized subject to appear in Bencabs canvas, a real life vagabond who used to roam around Bambang district in Sampaloc where the artist grew up.

It is fascinating to note that  Magsaysay-Ho “Boti! Garapa!” was retrieved from a garage sale for the trifling sum of 20 US dollars and Bencab’s “Scavengers” was found at a Salvation Army sale for 4.99 US dollars! 

An untitled  work  by  Juan Luna  –  signed and  dated 1884,  oil  on  canvas  –  and featuring a comely European lady depicted in full  figure in the formal dress of the time,bares importance. It was acquired by National Artist Carlos Quirino, then the aid-de-camp of President Elpidio Quirino, during the latters State Visit to Spain in 1951.

Two pieces by Romulo Olazo, preeminent modernist master, from his Diaphanous series, whose recent passing surprised the art word, stand as testaments to his indomitable commitment and devotion to his craft.

“Sin Titulo”, Fernando Zobel’s stunning oil on canvas work from 1963 is one of the largest and more complex art pieces by Zobel to come out of this period. The resulting work presents a totally different approach to canvas, all the more ethereal and sophisticated.

A  pair  of  silver  Paliteras  (Palilleras)  from  the  Suarez-Joven  family  of  Bacolor Pampanga, harkens to bygone, halcyon era – the 1850’s – of refined and elegant living. 

Capping  our  survey  is  a  powerful  round-up  of  contemporary  art  pieces  led  by Ronald Ventura with his untitled work from 2010 and a series in mixed media from 2005and 2006. Jigger Cruz’s “Wandering Carnival” signed and dated 2015 bares his trademark agitated, viscous style of deliberate defacement. Rodel Tapaya with his “The Fairy’s Flower Garden” is a powerful narrative where his vivid renditions give to form what we our selves imagine.

Truly, regardless of appreciation, inclination, and persuasion, there are artworks and pieces certain to delight various collectors in our Magnificent September Auction 2015.

The Leon Gallery Magnificent  September  Auction 2015 will  be  held on  September 12,2015,  Saturday,  2  PM at  the  G/F,  Eurovilla  1,  Rufino  corner  Legazpi  Streets,  Legazpi Village, Makati City. For more details, visit | |+632 856 2781


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