About the book:
When seen within the broader scope of life, our understanding of the contexts of art–why we think art becomes art--could conceivably be a vehicle for the revaluation of our visual faculties, as well as a frame of reference for our shared experiences as a postcolonial people fleshing out our sense of belonging in a globalized– and increasingly–homogenized planet.
Art and its Contexts provides readers with a broad and detailed glimpse of the Manila art scene, and the state of exhibiting and collecting Philippine art since the late 90’s in a variety of literary levels that range from the erudite intellectual to the lay person.
The author’s background as artist, writer and academic infuses these essays with an uncommon understanding of the processes in which art is thought of and executed, the motivations behind making them, and how they are received by the world in both material as well as scholarly ground in the art and media industry.
Publisher: University of Santo Tomas Press
Publication Date: 2012
Size: 230 x 180mm
About the author:
Reuben Ramas Cañete is currently Associate Professor at the Department of Art studies , College of Arts and Letters of the University of the Philippines, Diliman. He has written articles and art reviews for various national newspapers, magazines and scholarly journals. He has also written numerous catalogues and monographs on Filipino artists and several books on art and art history Homecoming and Pulilan: The Blessed Land. As a visual artist, he has had three solo exhibitions and has participated in several group exhibitions. He was president of the Art Association of the Philippines from 1997-2002.