Auction Alert: Almost 500 Lots, Including Kiukok, Luz, and Manansala Are Going Under the Hammer This Weekend - Arts & Culture

The July edition of Gavel&Block’s Art+Design is power-packed.

This weekend, Gavel&Block will host the July edition of its online auction Art+Design, featuring a lineup of nearly 500 lots of modern and contemporary pieces that includes décor, fashion, fine prints, crystal, porcelain, silver, rare maps and books.

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Every quarter, the Salcedo Auctions subsidiary focuses attention on pieces with an eye for movement and potential. Highlights in the upcoming show include works by National Artists Ang Kiukok, Arturo Luz, and Vicente Manansala along with pieces by Mauro Malang Santos, Ramon Orlina, Romulo Olazo, Fernando Zóbel, Onib Olmedo, Nunelucio Alvarado, Charlie Co, and Juvenal Sansó.

The auction also has a sizable oil on wood by Norma Belleza, who is known for her detailed work in the folk genre. Belleza’s vibrant depiction of a market scene is filled with an inimitable rustic charm through its thick application of oils. The imposing presence of the various elements in this composition is eye-catching, especially with its lively palette. 

“Untitled (Market Scene),” by Norma Belles

Other highlights of the sale include an oil on canvas depiction of the head of Christ by Kiukok and two delightful minimalist depictions of the human figure by Luz.

Kiukok pays homage to the classic image of Christ during the Crucifixion through the recognizable prominence of the crown of thorns. The narrow vertical composition is marked by a reduction of form to elongated shapes and sharpened corners that are iconic.

Through the use of his iconic use of blacks, reds, and yellows, ‘Woman in Black’ and ‘Nude in Red’ are quintessential Luz. The proportions of their limbs are exaggerated, yet not so much that they are so dissimilar from the human form. The fine, precise lines he is most known for are a testament to Luz’s pursuit of perfection.

“Red Sky,” by Mauro Malang

Gracing the auction is a collection that ranges from classic to contemporary design-centered collectibles for the home, including crystal by Baccarat, Swarovski, Waterford, Lalique, Tiffany & Co., and Ralph Lauren as well as porcelain figurines from the Spanish house of Lladró.

Also worth noting in this sale is the inclusion of a fashion category, featuring leather bags by Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Cartier. Alongside these accessories are a rich assemblage of emerald, pearl, diamond, and gold jewelry, adding further character to the sale. 

The works of both Filipino and International titans of the art world make their way into this ‘art+design’ auction through fine print editions. Over the years, the art of printmaking has transformed from guild-based craftsmanship to adventurous and experimental art medium.

“Orilla XV,” by Fernando Zobel

These are works created either directly or indirectly by an artist or his/her estate, or by an institution that has secured the artist or estate’s permission to produce these works. Their limited production number lends to the high collectibility of these pieces. This July’s collection includes pieces by the the likes of National Artists Carlos ‘Botong’ Francisco, H.R. Ocampo, and BenCab as well as works by Anita Magsaysay-Ho, and Lao Lianben.

The Gavel&Block ‘art+design’ auction will take place online on Saturday, July 23, 2022 at 11AM. For more information, email [email protected] or call +632 8 8230956.

Banner: “Untitled (Nude in Red),” by Arturo Luz

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