Khue Nguyen — a Naked Star


Guest diaCRITIC blogger Boitran Huynh-Beattie—a professor, curator and art historian in Australia—introduces a talented Vietnamese-Australian gay artist, Khue Nguyen. Last year, Nguyen was a finalist with his self-portrait, Unleashed, in the prestigious Archibald Prize of 2010. He is currently exhibiting his collected works, In Search of Sensuality, in Sydney. His art is expressive and evocative, with textural layers of differing styles revealing simultaneous meanings—especially his stunning … [Read more...]

Danh Vo: In Memory of Forgetting

He is regarded as one of the most exciting young contemporary artists. At first, however, Danh Vo, who was born in Vietnam and grew up in Denmark, was like a phantom in the art world. In his installations he links aspects of his own adventurous life with excursions into war and colonial history. Daniel Völzke met the artist, who is represented in the Deutsche Bank Collection, in Berlin. Danh Vo, Untitled (Christmas), 2007 Courtesy: Galerie Isabella … [Read more...]

Danh Vo at Kunsthaus Bregenz


June 7th, 2012 Artist: Danh Vo Venue: Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz Exhibition Title: Vo Danh Date: April 21 – June 24, 2012 Danh Vo (born 1975, Vietnam) achieved international attention with his solo exhibition at the Kunsthalle Basel in 2009. Since then he has taken part in biennials in Berlin, Gwangju, and Singapore and in exhibitions at the Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, and at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His big solo exhibition at the Kunsthalle Fridericianum in … [Read more...]

Danh Vo: One Beauty Sleep Away


  September 8–October 27, 2012 Opening: Friday, September 7, 8pm Artspeak 233 Carrall Street V6B 2J2 Canada Vancouver, BC T 604 688 0051 [email protected] Gabi Ngcobo will be speaking on Danh Vo, October 10, 7pm and is presented in conjunction with Institutions by Artists, a three day, international event that evaluates and activates the performance and promise of contemporary artist-run centres and initiatives. Artspeak is a non-profit artist run … [Read more...]

Interview with exhibiting artists Binh Danh


What stories do the printed leaves in your pieces in The Future Is NOW: Asian America on Its Own Terms tell the viewer? When I was looking at pictures of the war, photos of civilians being wounded or killed saddened me. I imagined as they are bleeding and possibly dying, their essences sank into the ground and the memories of the event join with the landscape. For me, a photograph is always a picture of the past, but that past lives in the present moment when the image is resurrected in … [Read more...]

Quyen Truong on ‘Art-Smart’ — Art, Education, and Social Justice


I became interested in art because for a long time, drawing and painting were the primary mediums through which I felt most comfortable communicating. This was especially true when my family first moved to the United States from Vietnam, when I was seven years old.I always excelled at drawing; the ability to impress my classmates by ably emulating a Disney cartoon character with pencil and paper held a special magic for me, and enabled me to make new friends. As a shy bookworm, I yearned to … [Read more...]

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Painter Van Duong Thanh – Ambassador of Vietnamese Culture

Van Duong Thanh

Painter Van Duong Thanh – Ambassador of Vietnamese Culture Through 20 years of living far from the homeland, the nostalgia always wells up in the heart of painter Van Duong Thanh. In recent years, she has returned to Vietnam many times to establish painting studios and hold exhibitions. Van Duong Thanh was born in Tuy Hoa, Phu Yen Province and grew up in Hanoi. She started engaging in painting when she was very small and at the age of seven she was creating paintings for her father. Four … [Read more...]

Painting exhibition on East Sea in California

A painting exhibition on the East Sea by Vietnamese artists Viet Ann Phong and Nguyen Viet Hung will take place in Westminster, California on October 8-9. Born in Ho Chi Minh City and arrived in the US in 1981, Phong is now living in southern California and works as a lecturer at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She has taken part in 60 personal exhibitions across the US. Nguyen Viet Hung, also born in Ho Chi Minh City, has been living in the US since 1982. His works have … [Read more...]

Marvelous Metaphors: Vietnamese American Art in Orange County

Trịnh Mai

Marvelous Metaphors Invites Audience's Interpretations By Cara Le Picture a table lamp in your head. What sort of words come to mind? Home décor, light, luminescence, perhaps even the Enlightenment… Our minds are constantly filing concepts, sorting them by context and content. In the technological world, databases are created using this approach; it's called metadata. In poetry, tangible objects are used to relate to the intangible; this is called a metaphor. Thuy N. D. Tran, the guest … [Read more...]

6-year-old girl paints amazing pictures

Jackquelyn Ngo in her first exhibition in December 2010 Photo: Vietnamnet

At six, Vietnamese- Australian Jacquelyn Ngo has already had several individual exhibitions that caught attention of both the media and art professionals. Jackquelyn Ngo in her first exhibition in December 2010 Photo: VietnamnetBorn to Vietnamese immigrant parents in New South Wales (Australia), she started painting when she was 3 and has painted nonstop ever since. … [Read more...]