Framing the National Spirit – Viewing and Reviewing Painting under the Revolution [Part 4]

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By Nora A. Taylor in The Country of Memory: Remaking the Past in Late Socialist Vietnam edited by Hue-Tam Ho Tai the cafe´ owner seem calm and nonchalant in this scene, perhaps even slightly bored, and a kind of ennui or emptiness prevails. One is reminded of the portraits of absinthe drinkers in Paris cafe´s by such French postimpressionist painters as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Edouard Manet, and Pablo Picasso, in which figures often appear afflicted with chronic melancholy or … [Read more...]

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Changing Time

Do Quang Em - Still life on red cloth

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...]

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...]

The Collector’s Confessions

Tran Hau Tuan

Reprinted from Contemporary Vietnam Art I was born in Hanoi. A child of a couple of doctors, I grew up in an army hospital living quarter. We led a simple and needy life. All of us children of army men lived in uniformly narrow rooms, listened to the same music broadcast by the Voice of Vietnam, seldom had good books to read and myself never saw an art book. At the age of 14, as a high school student, I got new friends whose parents belonged to various social sectors. I had the unexpected … [Read more...]

Bui Xuan Phai – The artist of Ha Noi

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From Art Works by Bui Xuan Phai from the Collection of Van Duong Thanh … [Read more...]

Crossing cultural boundaries

from Impressions and Expressions - Vietnamese Contemporary Painting The origin of artistic visual expression in Vietnam, a hybrid like its Southeast Asian neighbours, can be traced back to its 2,500-year-old culture that started in the Neolithic Age and steadily developed until the end of the Iron Age when Chinese invaders entered from the north. By the second century BC, foreign influences started to infiltrate into the Dong Son civilization that is widely believed to have originated in … [Read more...]

Vietnamese Art: A Passion for Painting

Vietnamese art a passion for painting

A Winding River opened to the public at Meridian's galleries in Washington, DC on November 9, 1997. The nationwide tour will take the exhibition to six to eight other locations over a two-year period beginning in April, 1998. For further information, please contact Meridian's Arts Office at (202) 939-5518. … [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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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...]

Vietnamese Modern Paintings – The Pioneers

Born in 1910 in Kien An Town, Hai Phong City, and died in 1994 in Hanoi.

By Quang Phong, Quang Viet and H.C. Vietnamismoving forward. The Vietnamese are not only looking ahead to their future, however, but also making an effort to sort out their past. Recently they have come to terms with the origin of their modern art. For many years, this has been a sensitive topic as Vietnamese modern art began as a joint product of French liberalism and Vietnamese traditionalism during a period of brutal French colonialism and strong Vietnamese patriotism. Before doi moi … [Read more...]