Dr. Reuben R. Cañete

Dr. Reuben R. Cañete recently donated his books to the University Library namely, Sacrificial bodies : the oblation and the political aesthetics of Masculine Representations in Philippine Visual Cultures  and Art and its contexts : essays, reviews and interviews in Philippine art  during the launching of his four books last July 2, 2012 at Pulungang C.M. Recto, Bulwagang Rizal (Faculty Center).

Dr. Reuben R. Cañete graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts major in painting from the College of Fine Arts and Design, UST; M.A. in Art History at the Department of Art Studies, College of Arts and Letters, UP Diliman; and Ph.D. in Philippine Studies at the Tri-College Program also in UP Diliman. He is currently Associate Professor at the Department of Art Studies, CAL, UP Diliman. As a visual artist, he has launched three solo art exhibitions since 1997 and has participated in eleven grouped exhibitions since 1985. He served as officer and president of the Art Association of the Philippines (AAP) from 1997-2002. He was awarded the Leo Benesa Award for Art Criticism in 1996.

As an author, he has written articles and art reviews for the Philippine Star (1997-2002); Pananaw: Journal for Philippine Visual Art (1998-2006); Mabuhay Inflight Magazine (1999-2010); Lifestlye Asia (1999-2004); Bulawan : Journal for Philippine Criticism (2003-2004); Cebu Star News (2004); Business Day (2004-2006); World Sculpture News (2005); The Manila Time (2006); The Philippine Daily Inquirer (2008-2009); The Manila Bulletin (2008-2009); Contemporary Art Philippines (2009-2010); and currently contributes to Asian Art News (since 2010); BluPrint Design Sourcebook (since 2001); and Condo Living (since 2010). He has also written numerous catalogues and monographs on Filipino artists; co-wrote a book with Charlson Ong in 2005 (The Philippine Heart Center); wrote a book-length guide to the UP Diliman campus (2004) and a book on collection of Manuel Buncio in 2007 (Homecoming). His four other solo books are From Sacrificial Bodies; Suri Sining: the art studies anthology; Art and its contexts: essays, reviews and interviews in Philippine art; and Pulilan: the blessed land. These books are all available at the Filipiniana Book Section at the UPD Main Library. (Source: Art and its contexts… UST Pub. House, 2012)

Dr. Reuben Cañete Book Launch Invitation

Sacrificial Bodies
Table  of  Contents
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9789715426664
Publisher: University of the Philippines Press

Sacrificial Bodies is a comprehensive study on how the act of heroic sacrifice against foreign aggression has been transformed into a means of liberating generations of Filipinos from all forms of oppression, through the iconic pose and location of Guillermo Tolentino’s sculpture, the Oblation, within the University of the Philippines (UP) campus. The book chronicles the ideas, philosophies, and genealogy of this statue from the turn of the century to the present, combining approaches in anthropology, art history, political science, and literary theory in fleshing out the various meanings and implications of this pose. Irrevocably tied to the student body and faculty of UP, the Oblation’s sacrificial symbolism was also meant to cover a national audience, and teach us how to redeem ourselves by undertaking the same process of suffering, death, and resurrection that its primary model, the Passion of Christ, imprinted upon the cultural memory of colonial-era Filipinos. By tracing this idea through the various icons and images of the Oblation, the book also reveals how ambivalent and context-specific this assertion has been ingrained, imagined, and re-experienced by the generations of practitioners in Philippine visual culture.

Art and Its Contexts: Essays, Reviews, and Interviews on Philippine Art
Table  of  Contents
Format: Softbound
ISBN: 9789715066273
Publisher: University of Santo Tomas Publishing House

Documenting the practice of art writing in the Philippines from the perspective of the author’s previously published body of work, Art and Its Contexts provides readers with a broad and detailed glimpse of the Manila art scene, and the state of exhibiting and collecting Philippine Art since the late ’90s, in a variety of literary levels that range from the erudite intellectual to the lay person.

Reuben Ramas Cañete, Ph.D graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts Major in Painting, from the college of Fine Arts and Design, University of Santo Tomas; MA in Art History at the Department of Art Studies, College of Arts and Letters (CAL), University of the Philippine (UP) Diliman; and a Ph.D in Philippine studies at the Tri-College Program, also in UP Diliman. He is currently Associate Professor at the Department of Art Studies, CAL, UP Diliman.

Book Description – source: Book Cover

Biography – source: About the author page of Sacrificial Bodies

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