Vietnam art lags behind other Asian countries at int’l auctions

Though Vietnamese galleries and artists have stepped up efforts to penetrate international art markets in recent years, the country's art still fetches considerably lower prices when compared to other Southeast Asian works. In recent years, more Vietnamese galleries have joined famed art markets held in other Asian countries, for both higher revenues and opportunities to promote the country's art to the world. Such markets as the Singapore Art Fair, Art Expo Malaysia, Art Basel Hong Kong, and … [Read more...]

Buying paintings in Hanoi: from copies to works of art

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Published by Sarah Turner Copying is rife across Vietnam, and art is no exception. Hanoi’s Old Quarter is littered with art shops selling life-size copies of a wide range of artists’ work: from Van Gogh to Da Vinci to Klimt. These aren’t prints; they’re freshly-painted by talented copy artists whom you can often see tracing and painting away in the shops. They’re generally sold off the frame for ease of transport and cost anything from a few dollars up. We bought a classic … [Read more...]

Vietnamese artists today

The work of these four immensely influential artists laid the essential groundwork for creative change, setting the scene for the work of the new generation which came to the fore during the early 1980s and included Nguyễn Trung (b 1940), Đỗ Sơn (b 1943), Nguyễn Quân (b 1948), Ca Lê Thắng (b 1949), Lê Anh Vân (b 1952), Đào Minh Tri (b 1950), Phan Thị Gia Hương (b 1951), Đặng Thị Khuê (b 1946), Đỗ Thị Ninh (b 1947), Lương Xuân Đoàn (b 1952), Nguyễn Tấn Cương (b 1953), Lê Huy Tiếp (b 1951) and … [Read more...]

Book: Dang Xuan Hoa

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Category: Contemporary Art Unit Price: US$30.00 Description: Representative of the young painter’s generation of VietNam in the 90’s, Dang Xuan Hoa rid himself of impressionistic influence and reverted to traditional values. And became one of Vietnam’s premier young painters. “Hoa, proved by his capabilities and good work to be one of the most remarkable figures of Vietnamese painting after Doi-Moi, distinguishing himself by his rare working power and an unmistakable style” writes … [Read more...]

Book: A Vision of VietNam

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Category: Contemporary Art Unit Price: US $44.00 Description: This recently published book shows the dazzling and colourful work of five leading Vietnamese artists; Le Quan, Le Thanh Son, Dang Xuan Hoa, Thanh Chuong and Nguyen Dieu Thuy. The book is a visual feast capturing images of modern Vietnam. It takes you from the ancient streets of HaNoi to Hoi An and Danang, to the grace and beauty of young Vietnamese women to nostalgic rural life and even folk art inspired images. Published in 2001 … [Read more...]

As China takes lead in international art world, South and Southeast Asian art follows steadily behind

Pakistani, Indonesian, and Vietnamese contemporary art burgeon in United States New York, NY (May 12, 2011)— As China just surpassed the U.S. in terms of fine-art auction revenue according to Artprice (March 2011), the recent surge of South and Southeast Asian art at auction, galleries, and museums is proving to the Western world that it’s not just China that can play with the big boys. “Sure, China is hot, but that’s just the peak of the iceberg,” states Lorenz Rudolf, former director of Art … [Read more...]

Book: Separate Paths – Vietnam Contemporary Fine Art

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Category: Contemporary Art Unit Price: US$65.00 Description: An impressive collection of today's top contemporary artists with works by the master Nguyen Tu Nghiem, followed by: Thanh Binh, Thanh Chuong, Le Thiet Cuong, Hong Viet Dung, Dang Xuan Hoa, Bui Huu Hung, Vo Ta Hung, Dao Hai Phong, Quang Dong Phuong, Dinh Quan, Do Son, Le Thanh Son, Le Vuong and Hoang Phuong Vy. Published in 2001 by Dragon Gallery, HaNoi, VN. 155 pages, hard cover, 26 cm x 30 cm. Bilingual – Vietnamese, … [Read more...]

Changing Time

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Asian Art News, 1997 By Ian Findlay and Helene Hagemans The vitality of the contemporary Vietnamese art scene is being driven not only by clear commercial considerations, but also by artists and dealers committed to creating and promoting quality work. Less than a decade ago, contemporary Vietnamese art and artists had little resence in their own country and virtually none on the international art scene. Yet, just four years ago, the eminent critic and painter Ca Le Thang reported in … [Read more...]

Mai Gallery

Over the past few years, many of Hanoi's best art galleries have taken on a new lease of life by modernizing their facilities. Mai Gallery, which was established in 1993 at 3b Phan Huy Chu Alley, was the first private gallery in Hanoi. Though the old gallery continues as an art space and exhibition organizer, with the recent expansion and development in the new location, at 183 Hang Bong Street, the new Mai Gallery has become at thoroughly modern space, with a staff of six and three brightly … [Read more...]

Artist and Revolution

Party admission in the dien bien phu trench - Nguyen Sang

By Luong Xuan Doan 'Party Admission in the Dien Bien Phu Trench,' lacquer painting by Nguyen Sang. The first beautiful pages of Vietnam's modern fine arts were first written by artists To Ngoc Van, Tran Van Can, Nguyen Phan Chanh and Nguyen Do Cung and later by artists Nguyen Sang, Nguyen Tu Nghiem, Bui Xuan Phai and others, and until today, these are the most beautiful pages of the national revolutionary art. … [Read more...]