Frieze Masters : Roberto Chabet
Osage gallery Hong Kong presents Roberto Chabet at the Frieze Masters, Regents Park, London, UK, Booth S16 on October 11-14. Osage will be presenting Filipino artist Roberto Chabet (b.1937) in the Spotlight section, dedicated to solo artist presentations. Chabet is a pioneering Filipino conceptual artist. Since his first exhibition in 1961, Chabet has questioned and critiqued modernity through his practice, thereby establishing the foundations for contemporary art in the Philippines. His works, ranging from painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, and installation, resist easy categorization and oversimplified binary systems espoused by modern thought. Using mostly ordinary and found material, he insists on a more inclusive approach to art, a search for the sublime not just in abstract ideas but also in the immediacy of the quotidian and the commonplace. Chabet studied Architecture at the University of Santo Tomas where he graduated in 1961. He was the founding Museum Director of the CCP from 1967 - 1970 where he initiated the first Thirteen Artists Awards with a goal in giving recognition to young artists whose work demonstrate a recentness, a turning away from the past and familiar modes of art-making. Chabet led the 1970s conceptual art group Shop 6 and taught for over thirty years at the UP College of Fine Arts, where he advocated a kind of practice that gave precedence to idea over form. He is the recipient of the 1972 Republic Cultural Heritage Award, the 1972 ArawngMaynila Award for the Visual Arts and the 1998 Centennial Honor for the Arts.