Local artist Tran Luong receives 2014 Prince Claus Award

My Tran Artist and curator Tran Luong is one of the laureates together with Principal Prince Claus Laureate winner Abel Rodríguez from Colombia and other artists from India, Peru, Turkey, Guatemala, Chile, Brazil, the Philippines, Indonesia and Nigeria. Tran Luong is honored for his moving artworks that critique repression, emphasize human resilience and empower the individual through personal action and self-reflection as well as for his dedicated energy in developing spaces, initiatives, … [Read more...]

The Changing Face of Hanoi: Vietnamese Art Show in Hong Kong

changing face of hanoi

Suzanne Lecht Hanoi...an enchanting city of romance steeped in sadness and tradition. Ancient architecture, achingly beautiful, graces paths winding through the myriad of treasures spilling out onto the streets of the old quarters. Cyclos dreamily encircle Hoan Kiem Lake, their passengers silently gazing at the vibrant, happening place...businessmen, tourists, adventure seekers, art collectors, all flocking in with the hopes of capturing a little of the magic dust. … [Read more...]

Report from Hanoi

Tran Trung Tin, Untitled III 1972, 55cm x 39 cm oil on newspaper, Courtesy Art Vietnam Gallery

Wednesday, November 1st, 2006by Joe Fyfe HANOI-Areas of the city feature numerous art galleries aimed primarily at the tourist business. Hundreds of insipid decorative paintings are for sale. Oddly, there is more than an occasional almost interesting one. Some of the more adventurous Hanoi artists also produce for the commercial painting market. They adapt (read: sweeten) existing traditional genres, such as happy Vietnamese women in traditional garments under palette-knifed foliage or … [Read more...]

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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...]