First bilingual book on local modern art set for release

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The first bilingual publication on Vietnamese contemporary art will be released nationwide on April 28.

The book, published by Thế Giá»›i (World) Publishers, covers 12 contemporary artists from Vietnam in 210 pages and aims to give a view on art in Vietnam during over the past two decades.

It follows at least three generations of Vietnamese visual artists, trying  to convey that Vietnamese visual art is no longer limited to certain closed genres, such as painting, sculpture, and graphic art, but has now expanded to include experimental genres that are more flexible in their use of space and time, widening our conception of art.

Each of the artists in the book represent different styles, and all are outstanding in their fields.

Artist Jun Nguyen Hatsushiba, whose father is Vietnamese and mother is Japanese, is well-known for his video art while young artist Ly Tran Quynh Giang is known for his original mono-woodcut paintings.

The book is written by 11 famous names, both local and foreign, including Prof. Do Lai Thuy, whose art and literature reviews are infused with Fruedian and Jungian psychoanalytic theory, and Professor of Southeast Asian Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Nora A. Taylor, author of Painters in Hanoi: An Ethnography of Vietnamese Art (Hawaii, 2004 and NUS Press, 2009).

The book launch with the artists and authors will take place at Viet Art Centre, 42 Yet Kieu St., Hanoi, on April 28, at 10am.

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