Art and Culture

Dom Martin’s vestments: Indigenized robes for worship

MANILA, June 13 — A collection of 60 liturgical vestments from 20 ethno-linguistic groups is currently on display at the Ayala Museum in Makati City. The exhibit, entitled “Vested for Worship, Wrapped in Identity”, showcases the designs of Benedictine monk, Dom Martin Hizon Gomez, OSB from the Abbey of the Transfiguration in Malaybalay, Bukidnon. Dom …

Bigger budget for restoration of PH heritage sites sought

MANILA — A senator on Monday recommended a bigger budget for the restoration of Philippine historical sites noting that it would bring in more tourists and at the same time create more jobs. In a press statement, Sen. Joel Villanueva expressed frustration on how the government is handling the conservation of the country’s cultural heritage, …

NCCA calls for proposals in PH entry at Venice architecture exhibit

MANILA – The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) is calling for curatorial proposals for the country’s participation in the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale in Italy. In a statement released on Sunday, the NCCA said the competition is open to Filipino architects, curators, practicing artists from the different disciplines, urban planners, ecological activists, …

Dinosaur skull discovering in northeastern B.C. a first in the province

TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C.—A piece of dinosaur skull unearthed in northeastern British Columbia earlier this month is the first of its kind discovered in the province, an expert says. The fossilized tyrannosaur skull was found near Tumbler Ridge, in an area that has produced hundreds of dinosaur teeth, bones and footprints since 2001, but until this …

Domitilla catacombs unveiled after years of renovation

ROME—The catacombs of Domitilla, close to the Appian Way, have been restored with laser and scanning technology, reviving the fading tale of life and death in Rome’s early Christian community. After decades of delays, two separate areas of the vast labyrinth of catacombs were unveiled Tuesday. They were restored by German and Austrian archaeological institutes, …

LA art dealer sentenced in theft from high profile clients

LOS ANGELES—A former California art dealer has been sentenced to jail for stealing more than $1 million from owners of paintings, including former Disney executive Michael Ovitz. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office says 63-year-old Perry Rubenstein was ordered Monday to serve six months in jail, three years of probation and pay $1.1 million …

Maud Lewis painting found in thrift store sells for $45,000 in auction

A painting recently discovered at an Ontario thrift store by renowned folk artist Maud Lewis sold in auction for almost three times its estimated price. The online auction ended Friday night and the painting, which was appraised at $16,000, went for $45,000. Rick Cober Bauman, the executive director of Mennonite Central Committee Ontario, said it’s …

Inflatable sculpture of ballerina by Jeff Koons unveiled

NEW YORK—A massive inflatable ballerina created by artist Jeff Koons is the latest public art installation at New York’s Rockefeller Center. The 45-foot (14-meter) work is called “Seated Ballerina.” It was unveiled Friday and will be on display through June 2. The nylon sculpture is based on a porcelain figurine of a ballerina in a …

DOH targets higher immunization rate among babies

MANILA–The Department of Health (DOH) plans to increase the rate of immunization among babies in their first year of life up to 95 percent not only for this year but also in the coming years. According to DOH spokesperson Dr. Eric Tayag, this target is highlighted with intensified campaign on awareness about the presence of …

Debate over cultural appropriation a centuries old battle for indigenous groups

TORONTO—The work of Toronto painter Amanda PL is infused with bright colours and bold outlines often associated with an indigenous art style. But for many of those familiar with the Woodland School of Art, as the genre is also known, it smacks of cultural appropriation by a young artist with no claim to the tradition. …

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