Painters in Hanoi: An Ethnography of Vietnamese Art

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Painting has played a significant role in modern Vietnam. Postage stamps, billboards, and annual national exhibitions attest to its fundamental place in a country where painters may be hailed as national heroes and including among their number fervent nationalists, propagandists, even dissidents. Painting is emerging as emblematic of Vietnam, simultaneously a marker of national identity and a commodity in a global trade network. Some artists became millionaires as Vietnamese painting gained … [Read more...]