Eclectic lithographs remember charismatic painter

By Thao Vi, Thanh Nien News

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An exhibition of Lithograph prints by painter Vu Dan Tan will open at Salon Natasha in Hanoi later this month to commemorate the late artist 100 days since his passing, organizers said.
The lithographs were made in New Zealand when Vu Dan Tan was an artist in residency at the Muka studio in 1996.
The works have never been shown in Vietnam before.

A lithograph titled "Three elephants" by painter Vu Dan Tan.
Tan's eight-piece lithograph series "A Travelling Circus" used images of tigers, elephants, unicorns and flying angels borrowed from his 3- dimensional installation pieces cut from cigarette packages.
The artist began to recycle mundane objects, giving them a new and more adventurous life in the mid-90's. For more than ten years thereafter Tan worked with a variety of boxes transforming them into the playful creatures that spoke to his inner-child.
Singapore-based critic and curator Iola Lenzi said Tan's iconographic repertoire was eclectic and representative of his deep cultural erudition. "Not identifiably Vietnamese or even Asian, as well as looking to tribal forms, it [the collection] includes references from architecture, classical Greek mythology, Western philosophy, music, literature, global current events and history."
Lithography is a printing method using a drawing on a limestone or a metal plate. Water is spread over the surface of the drawing, followed by the application of an oil based ink. The drawn areas retain the ink and paper is placed onto the plate and pressed with the image.
The new exhibition will run from January 27 to February 7 at Salon Natasha, 30 Hang Bong Street, Hoan Kiem District.

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