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Three Ladies in NYC Art Show

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An ongoing art exhibit dubbed “Res Ipsa Loquitur III”, a Latin phrase meaning "the thing speaks for itself " is currently showing at the Philippine Center, New York, from September 8-18, 2016 featuring the recent works of Greta Lood, Rellie Liwag and Joyce Herrera-Wong.


The first of the Res Ipsa Loquitur series was conceptualized in 2005 by Greta Lood, a Manhattan based Philippine born artist who was then curator for the Gardens Memorial Park in Boca Raton, Florida.  Res Ipsa Loquitur II was launched in Makati, Manila in 2013 for the Michael Acosta, Christina Acosta and Cristalle Acosta- Laurel photography exhibit.  .

Ms. Lood, whose second solo "Bakit Bilog?" was opened by Madame Imelda Marcos in Manila in 1999, will now present the RKBC series, standing for her three inspirational masters, Mark Rothko, Gustav Klimt and Ben Cabrera. Her paintings feature women dressed in traditional 1900 fashion, embellished with 22K gold leaf in Klimt's ornate, flat form patterns, superimposed on Rothko's floating color fields.

The titled female subjects, with quaint names such as Soledad, Purificacion and Amparo, harken back to a more pristine moment in the Philippine culture. As such, the viewer, while absorbed by the abstract, minimalistic aura of the Rothko horizons, will experience a somewhat mystical counterpoint between the modern century and a time gone by, evoking a sense of serenity and spirituality.

Ms. Wong's colorful, exotic works reflect her worldwide travels and appreciation of nature, while Ms. Liwag's realistic portraits, singular interpretations of still life and Central Park scenes round out a highly eclectic and interesting array of paintings.

Guests during the opening were led by the Philippine Consul General of New York Mario Lopez de Leon, Art Student League's Robert Cendella, philantropist Loida Nicolas Lewis, Josie Natori and Jerry Sibal of Design Fusion NYC.  The private opening was attended by more than 100 guests and was universally acclaimed as one of the more elegant and successful cultural events in the rich history of the Philippine Center. 

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