Book: Nguyen Thanh Binh – The strange attraction of the color white

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Category: Artists, Individual Unit Price: US$55.00 Description: “I like things that are simple, the color induces a simple composition and design. I don't like paintings with a lot of color. This is not my way,” says Binh. “In life, there are many problems and every Vietnamese has a sadness within them. We have seen so many wars over a long time, I want to express this in my painting, the sorrow of the Vietnamese soul.” Published in 1999 by The Gallery Vinh Loi, HaNoi, VN. 96 pages, … [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...]

The Vietnamese Art Scene

Nguyen Thanh Binh - Mother and Child

By: Ted Hill While researching some possible destinations in Vietnam, Ive come across something Ive never really written about before: art. The word Vietnam has always been frequently associated with war, and times of hardship, but has anyone ever seen any of the works by Nguyen Thanh Binh? Or photographs from Phan Tu Trang? According to Nguyen Qui Duc, art curator and author, It wouldnt be an exaggeration to say that art is big business in Vietnam. But a lot of money is changing hands … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh’s Fine Art (1975-2000)

Ha Long by Hoang Tram

By artist Nguyen Thanh Binh, 2000 Since 1975, there has been mainly two dominating creative trends of Art in Ho Chi Minh City: 1-The trend created by artists from the North including artists who are originally Southerners but regrouped in the North in 1954 according to the Geneva Agreement. 2-The trend created by artists from the South - mainly from Saigon and Hue - who have been living and working in the South since before 1975.The first group includes those names as Hoang Tram, … [Read more...]

Private Moments

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From Asian Art News, 1996 By Ian Findlay Brown While many contemporary Vietnamese artists struggle with the desire to create experimental art for the international art market, Nguyen Thanh Binh's canvasses reflect a world of poetic private moments. Over the past seven years, the appearance of Vietnamese contemporary art on the international art market was a singular surprise. For some people, there was a sense of revelation in the variety of style and the richness of the art from a … [Read more...]

Discover and Innovation

ASIAN ART NEWS, 1997 By Ian Howard While Vietnamese artists are becoming more active participants in the international art world, they have not rejected their own cultures. AsVietnamchanges rapidly, its best artists seek to confront change to create a vision that reflects modernity. During the so-called revolutionary period, 1945-1975, which included wars fought against the French and Americans, materials for private art works were extremely scarce forcing Vietnamese artists to use only small … [Read more...]

Art Tradition Emerges from Colonial Past

The Hong Kong Standard, 1998 By Richard Frost The French did little for the Vietnamese people during their 56-year colonial rule, because they never felt there was any gain in the development or education of the country. The major effect of their rule was to harden Vietnamese resolve for independence, the strength of which was displayed against French and American troops during the two wars in Indochina. But this dark colonial legacy contained a spark of light. In the 1920s an art college, … [Read more...]

A World in Portraits

ASIAN ART NEWS 1998 By Shannon K. Curry … [Read more...]