Book: Impressions and Expressions - Vietnamese Contemporary Painting


Crossing Cultural Boundaries

Mapping New Narrativese
Extending Horizons
Vietnamese Lacquer Art
Cong Kim Hoa
Dang Xuan Hoa
Dinh Quan
Dinh Y Nhi
Hong Viet Dung
Le Quang Ha
Luong Xuan Doan
Nguyen Thanh Binh
Nguyen Trung
Pham An Hai
Pham Luan
Thanh Chuong
Trinh Tuan
Truong Tan
Van Duong Thanh

This book is an introduction to contemporary Vietnamese painting. In the first part, the art historian and independent curator Shireen Naziree covers the background of contemporary Vietnamese painting and places it in the context of South East Asia. There is a section on how lacquer paintings are made, followed by profiles of fifteen prominent artists written by the Vietnamese art historian and critic Phan Cam Thuong.

Many of the artists started their careers during the mid-1980s, and may thus be labeled the doi moi generation, after the Vietnamese term for “renovation” and the process of opening Vietnam to the outside world. Although there had been many talented artists of the older generation, the artists of the doi moi generation were the first to break free from more conventional painting styles.

Lacquer paintings have been given special attention in the book. The lacquer technique and materials produce unique colours, luster and texture. Other countries produce lacquer ware, but only in Vietnam has the synthesis of traditional lacquer techniques and modern painting been successful. The art of lacquer painting is surely an important Vietnamese contribution to the global contemporary art scene.

English text, hard cover, 25.5 x 30.5 cm, 87 pages, 56 colour plates,published by thavibuart Gallery, 2006, ISBN 9749433688/9789749433683

This book can be ordered from thavibuart Gallery.  Price is US$ 39 for the book,and postal rates are set by the Thai government.

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Shireen Naziree is an art historian and independent curator.  She haswritten extensively on contemporary art and culture of South East Asia,and her curatorial practice has included working with some of SouthEast Asia's most important artists. She is currently serving her secondterm on the Board of Trustees of the National Art Gallery of Malaysia.

Phan Cam Thuong is a renowned Vietnamese artist, art historian and art critic.  He has written several books and publications onVietnamese paintings.  He has a particular interest in the preservationsof traditions as well as in issues related to contemporary life.


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