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Bilingual Book Celebrates Vietnamese Contemporary Art

A Vietnamese – English biligual book on contemporary fine art featuring works by 12 prominent Vietnamese artists has been launched in Ha Noi.

The Twelve Contemporary Artists of Viet Nam includes works by Vu Dan Tan, Tran Luong, Truong Tan, Nguyen Bao Toan, Le Quang Ha, Nguyen Minh Thanh, Dinh Y Nhi, Ly Hoang Ly, Dao Anh Khanh, Ly Tran Quynh Giang, Jun Nguyen Hatsushiba, and Le Quang Dinh.

The book was compiled by journalist Dao Mai Trang, who writes a contemporary art column for Culture&Arts Magazine.
The artists all have very different backgrounds and artistic styles, Trang said at the book’s launch.
The sole aim of this book is to furnish art lovers both inside and outside Viet Nam with information about the life of contemporary Vietnamese artists, Trang said.
The book is significant for Vietnamese contemporary art, said artist Tran Luong.
“Thanks to the Danish Culture Development Exchange Fund (which funded the book’s publication). I hope it will make it into the Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong,” Luong said.
Among the artists featured in the book is Jun Nguyen Hatsushiba, who has a Vietnamese father and a Japanese mother. He is best known for the video of a cyclo under water. He has been invited to participate in many prestigious events around the world.
Among the female artists featured in the book are Y Nhi and Hoang Ly who are both at the forefront of modern Vietnamese art.
Y Nhi has rejected the traditional Vietnamese style and focuses on contemporary human fears.
Ly is a famed performance artist. Her work focuses on traditional Vietnamese and Asian female lifestyles.
Bui Nhu Huong, who contributed articles on Le Quang Ha and Quynh Giang, said he hoped the bilingual book would reach a greater readership.
“I highly appreciate the fact that the book is bilingual. The Viet Nam Fine Arts Institute always wanted to bring out a bilingual book but were unable to for a number of reasons,” Huong said.
Other authors include professor Do Lai Thuy; Nora A Taylor, professor of Southeast Asian Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Iola Lenzi, a Singapore-based critic and independent curator specialising in the contemporary visual art of Southeast Asia; and Natalia Kraevskaia, owner of Salon Natasha in Viet Nam.
The book has 210 pages and is published by The Gioi Publishers

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