This book traces the history of the Art Association of the Philippines (AAP), founded in 1948 by Purita Kalaw-Ledesma, a leading figure in the Philippine art in the second half of the 20th century. The authors, Kalaw-Ledesma and Amadis Ma. Guerrero, chart the struggle of the Filipino artists in the socio-political context while providing an overview of the establishment of the Philippine artistic traditions over the years. The book presents over 200 prize-winning artworks and feature artists of various media—painters, sculptors, graphic artists, and installation artists—examples of such artists being: Antonio Dumlao, Vincente Manansala, Angelito Antonio, Jose Mendoza, and Roberto Rodriguez Chabet. Photographs of the activities and the exhibitions held by the AAP are included, as well as a list of AAP awards and a complete index of AAP members from 1948 to 1973. 

Biographies of the authors included. 

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Chapter headings
The Founding of the AAP
Battle Royale: Conservatives vs. Moderns
The Wave of the Future
In the Vanguard
Artists and Writers
Bridging the Gap
Towards Internationalism
Philippine Art in Color
The Philippine American Cultural Foundation Crisis
Botong and the Search for National Identity
The Commission that Never Was
The First Lady and the Cultural Center
Galleries Galore
Creating a Philippine Tradition
The Politicalization of the Artist
The Struggle for Philippine Art
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The Struggle for Philippine Art

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