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National Artist Ang Kiukok, 74

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National Artist Ang Kiukok, 74
source: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryID=4910

National Artist Ang Kiukok died Tuesday after a long bout with prostrate cancer. He was 74. He died while undergoing treatment at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City where he was confined for a week.

Born to immigrant Chinese parents Vicente Ang and Chin Lim, Ang Kiukok was one of the most vital and dynamic figures who emerged during the 1960s and continued to make an impact up to the present. As one of those who came at the heels of the pioneering modernists during that decade, Ang Kiukok blazed a formal and iconographic path of his own through expressionistic works of high visual impact and compelling meaning.

He crystallized in vivid, cubistic figures the terror and angst of the times. Shaped in the furnace of the political turmoil of those times, Ang Kiukok pursued an expression imbued with nationalist fervor and sociological agenda, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts said in its website.

Some of Ang Kiukok's works include: Geometric Landscape (1969); Pieta, which won for him the bronze medal in the 1st International Art Exhibition held in Saigon (1962); and the Seated Figure (1979), auctioned at Sotheby’s in Singapore.

His works can be found in many major art collections, among them the Cultural Center of the Philippines, National Historical Museum of Taipei, and the National Museum in Singapore.

He was named National Artist for visual arts in 2001.

Ang Kiukok was born on March 7, 1931. He trained in Chinese art, specifically in brush and ink. He studied art at the University of Santo Tomas where he had Victorio Edades, Diosdado Lorenzo, Garcia Llamas and Vicente Manansala as teachers.

In 1954, he held his first one-man show at the Philippine Contemporary Art Gallery. He exhibited 20 works, all watercolors except for two oils. His watercolors were landscapes the wet-on-wet technique while his oils, done in the modernist style dealt with religious themes.

After teaching art in Sulu in 1956, Ang Kiukok returned to Manila to hold his second one-man show at the Philippine Art Gallery. His subjects were drawn from the life and culture of Sulu.

Fast gaining recognition, Ang Kiukok was invited in 1958 to Taipei to exhibit his works. Influenced by the Chinese masters, he did still life in watercolor on rice paper for some time.

In the late 1950's he came out with his Fish Series and in 1960 to 1961 he did a series of oils on cabinets and tables.

In 1965, Ang Kiukok accompanied Manansala to a trip to the United States where he was impressed by the works of the masters. Picasso's Guernica had a particularly effect on him.

Returning to the Philippines in 1966, Ang Kiukok took time to sort out his experience abroad and did not paint for a while. When he again took up his brush, he came up with robotlike figures expressive of the dehumanizing effect of materialism in American society that he witnessed.

In 1967 he did triangular landscapes, which reflected his moving inclination toward the abstract as well as still life with metal motifs. His style became increasingly dynamic and developed into a fusion of expressionism and cubism.

Ang Kiukok became well-known for his depictions of brutal conflicts, such as those of cockfights and dogfights, in an attempt to express the tumultuous social and political climate of the time.

From 1954 to 1992 Ang Kiukok had set up 29 solo exhibits and score of group shows here and abroad. He received numerous citations, among which are Outstanding Overseas Chinese in Art (1961) Outstanding Citizen Manila (1976), UST Outstanding Alumnus Award (1978) and the 1980 Mobil Art Awards, which also name him one of the top five contemporary artists.

Comments

  • why is this in the academe forum? the article has nothing to do with education or the academe.

    or is this ammunition for a pissing contest?
  • Ang Kiukok made significant contributions in the field of fine arts.

    Sunod-sunod na silang nawala. Kamamatay lang nina Nick Joaquin (journalism/literature) and Zenaida Amador (theater), and here comes another sad news. :(
  • ^^hay naku... she strikes again! (ay he pala)

    wala naman kinalaman sa academe 'yan!
  • Thoma§ wrote:
    Ang Kiukok made significant contributions in the field of fine arts.

    Sunod-sunod na silang nawala. Kamamatay lang nina Nick Joaquin (journalism/literature) and Zenaida Amador (theater), and here comes another sad news. :(
    then post it in the local and foreign issues thread where this is more appropriate since the article is nothing but news about a luminary. so what if he made "significant contributions to the field of fine arts"? that article still has nothing to do with education or the academe.

    that is unless what you're really bannering in that article is the one line there that says where the bloke graduated from. it wouldn't be surprising though... this particular forum is full of sh*tebag pisstakers.
  • hey, somebody should start a thread about the late romy diaz in the uaap forum.
  • sheesh. then have this transfered in the LAFI forum (not "thread"). as simple as that.

    this is a commemoration of a great talent. i don't find anything wrong with this. kung thread nga about the pope concerns the academe, what more a person like him whose works penetrated and revolutionized mainstream teaching in fine arts.
  • KuyaDannyKuyaDanny Moderator PEx Moderator
    I am moving this to Arts and Literature, where few of you visit.
  • thanks, kuya dan.
  • Thoma§ wrote:
    sheesh. then have this transfered in the LAFI forum (not "thread"). as simple as that.
    :lol:

    nitpicking
    this is a commemoration of a great talent. i don't find anything wrong with this. kung thread nga about the pope concerns the academe, what more a person like him whose works penetrated and revolutionized mainstream teaching in fine arts.
    yes. and that he comes from your school is paramount as seen in the title of this pathetic attempt at taking the piss.

    anyway, my job here is done.

    :lol:
  • I wonder... when all the great masters are gone...

    Who will replace them? Can't seem to sense any "new blood" that'll take their places...
  • KuyaDannyKuyaDanny Moderator PEx Moderator
    I would not worry too much. The pipeline is full of talent, and the potentially great ones will mature in time.
  • A great lost is he. :(
  • How does one become a great lost?
  • oh my god. it should be loss. sorry. i stand corrected.
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