Alfonso Ossorio's mural in Negros Occidental. His wax-resist watercolor studies for the mural show the link between Pollock's Abstract Expressionism and Dubuffet's Art Brut. - ARNOLD ALMACEN
A new exhibit of paintings by Alfonso Ossorio seeks to plumb into the art and life of the enigmatic artist-dilettante who had been largely dismissed in his lifetime as mere patron to Jackson Pollock and an art dabbler, but whose reputation for trailblazing art has so grown since his death in 1990 that he's now considered the missing link between American Abstract Expressionism and European Art Brut.
“Grazing Light,“ which opens this week at Leon Gallery in Makati, follows through the highly successful exhibit “Afflictions of Glory.“ Mounted last year also at Leon to mark the Philippine-American artist's birth centenary (1916-2016), “Afflictions“ was the first ever major show of Ossorio's work in the land of his birth.
The new exhibit will hang 18 works, all from the Robert Ossorio Family Collection. Art restorer and conservator Liliane “Tats“ Rejante Manahan, project manager of the new exhibit, disclosed that last year's works, which she helped curate and Leon Gallery owner Jaime Ponce de Leon insisted were of “unassailable provenance,“ had also come from the same source.