To celebrate its 50th milestone, patrons can look back at its history and its pioneers, revisits its archives and the lineage of practices and reflects on the issues that confront the practice of printmaking through an exhibit. TIRADA, curated by Patrick Flores honors the achievements of printmakers of varied persuasions and charts a course for the future of the art.
"Tirada" is a term among printmakers that signifies a strike: to pull off or pull out a piece of work in a series of multiples. It also means effort and labor, a decisive action. It is a fitting term for this commemoration for the organization founded in 1968 and was built around a range of concerns:
* The aesthetic integrity and intelligence of the work of the print
* The status of the printmaker as an artist
* The validity of appropriation within the artistic system of the print
* The capacity of the print to respond to socio-political reality
* The self-consciousness of the print as a medium
* The place of the print in art history
* The processes by which the print plays out in the ecology of the popular The 50 Years of Philippine Printmaking from 1968 to 2018 are on display from 19 May to 15 July 2018 at Bulwagang Juan Luna (CCP Main Gallery), Pasilyo Vicente Manansala and Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino (2nd and 3rd Floor Hallway Galleries). Viewing Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm with an extended hours until 10pm when an evening performance at the CCP Main Theater is on-going.
Text and Photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha.