Contemporary Artists – Efforts to Build and Affirm a Novel Spirit for the New Artistic Tradition

Nguyen Trung Grey Composition, Mixed 100cm x 100cm

By Nguyen Xuan Tiep Vietnamese plastic arts enjoy a time-honored tradition. Their most prominent achievements are the famous wooden statues and engravings in communal houses, pagodas, royal tombs, shrines and temples of Northern Vietnam dating back over millennia. There were also the diverse, multi-faceted arts including the well-known, brightly colored Lang Ho and Hang Trong folk paintings (Ha Bac, Hanoi); the Champa architecture which spread from Quang Tri to Binh Dinh Province and whose … [Read more...]

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Artists and Revolution

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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. At first these artists lived with their emotion, feeling all that in the past so … [Read more...]

A glimpse of contemporary Vietnamese Art

By art critic Duong Tuong, 2000 It is not very long since Vietnamese art in general and contemporary Vietnamese art in particular emerged from unrecognition - I'd rather say anonymity - to have its say on the world's art scene. For a long period, scholars and researchers in the West were prone to dismiss Vietnamese culture as a wan replica of Chinese or a mishmash of French-Chinese-Indian cultures. That VietNam owes much to those great civilizations iscundeniable, but it in no way means that … [Read more...]

80/90’s

Since the mid-1980's, with the new government policy of openness, Vietnamese art has moved into a new phase in which the artists are allowed to have more freedom of creation and exhibition . As resulted, artists from Viet Nam in recent years have become more exploratory and audacious in their work. Today there is a greater sense of self-confidence and a remarked level of creativity observed in the Vietnamese art. The young artists of Viet Nam are actively establishing their name in the … [Read more...]

Vietnamese art goes on auction in Hong Kong

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Several paintings by Vietnamese artists will be up for auction at Hong Kong's Mandarin Oriental Hotel on May 29. Among the 40 lots to be auctioned off during the week, being held by leading Asian auction house Larasati, will be Self Portrait, an oil on canvas, by Vietnamese Painter Do Quang Em. The price for the painting is estimated at between US$12,900 and US$25,800, the highest so far for a Vietnamese painting at an international art auction. The auction also includes At Work, an … [Read more...]

Art Singapore 2008

Art Singapore 2008 October 9-13thArtist: Mai Anh, Tran Luu Hau, Dang Xuan Hoa, Tran Trung Thanh, Duong Tuan, Ngoc Vinh International Convention & Exhibition Center 1 Raffles Boulevard, Suntec City, Singapore 039593 Art Fair Opening days (General Public) Thursday, 10-12 October 2008 11.00am - 8.00pm Monday, 13 October 2008 11.00am - 5.00pm No RSVP needed … [Read more...]