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1081
Place of Origin: Philippines
Date: 1975
Object Name: Etching
Materials: Ink on paper
Dimensions: H. 11 1/2 in x W. 9 3/4 in, H. 29.2 cm x W. 24.8 cm (image)
Credit Line: Gift of Nancy G. Freeman
Department: Southeast Asian Art
Collection: Prints And Drawings
Object Number: F2010.34.1
On Display: Yes
Location: Tateuchi Thematic Gallery

Description

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The title of this piece, 1081, refers to Proclamation 1081, by which President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law in the Philippines in September of 1972. With the law, Marcos consolidated his power and strictly curbed voices of dissent to his rule. The images in this etching allude to Marcos's rule through military might and to the civil unrest of the times.

Bencab is one of the best known of a group of Filipino artists whose works reflect the turbulent times of the 1970s. These artists, who were called Social Realists, sought to speak out through their work against the Marcos regime and the totalitarian decree of martial law.

Benedicto Reyes Cabrera (known as Bencab) began his career in the mid-1960s as a painter and printmaker. He has exhibited widely throughout the Philippines, Europe, and the United States. In 2006, he was conferred the Order of National Artist for Visual Arts. The Bencab Museum in Baguio City, the Philippines, is dedicated to his work, along with that of other acknowledged Filipino masters and rising contemporary artists.


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Signature/Seal: signed lower right; numbered lower left
Label:

The title of this piece, 1081, refers to Proclamation 1081, by which President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law in the Philippines in September of 1972. With the law, Marcos consolidated his power and strictly curbed voices of dissent to his rule. The images in this etching allude to Marcos's rule through military might and to the civil unrest of the times.

Bencab is one of the best known of a group of Filipino artists whose works reflect the turbulent times of the 1970s. These artists, who were called Social Realists, sought to speak out through their work against the Marcos regime and the totalitarian decree of martial law.

Benedicto Reyes Cabrera (known as Bencab) began his career in the mid-1960s as a painter and printmaker. He has exhibited widely throughout the Philippines, Europe, and the United States. In 2006, he was conferred the Order of National Artist for Visual Arts. The Bencab Museum in Baguio City, the Philippines, is dedicated to his work, along with that of other acknowledged Filipino masters and rising contemporary artists.


Signature/Seal: signed lower right; numbered lower left