Patrick Flores
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Patrick Flores

SOMETIME IN THE 1980s, Patrick Flores’ auditor father returned home with a magazine from the United States Information Agency in the Philippines. It had a long fussy title, Dialogue: Quarterly Journal of Opinion & Analysis on Subjects of Current Intellectual & Cultural Interest in the United States. And it contained serious analyses of the paintings of Willem de Kooning, the popular Robert Redford baseball movie The Natural, and other cultural phenomena of the time. For the young Flores, Dialogue was one of the most fascinating things he had ever held in his hands. The idea that pop culture could be discussed with reverence, intelligence and sophistication electrified him. Over the course of his youth, he started to think deeply about various art forms such as visual arts, cinema and literature. After graduating from university, he worked towards becoming an art historian and professor at the Department of Art Studies at the University of the Philippines and concurrently, the curator of Vargas Museum in Manila. He’s written extensively on the art of South-east Asia and curated high-profile exhibitions, such as the Philippine Pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale. Last year, he was placed on ArtReview’s Power 100 list of influential […]

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