Showing posts with label Vietnamese Art. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Vietnamese Art. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 3

Must-See: 'Odyssey: Navigating Nameless Seas’ at Singapore Art Museum

Though not linked to the Singapore Biennale 2016, opening in October and curated around the theme of "An Atlas of Mirrors" in reference to the similarities and differences between people and across cultures, the Singapore Art Museum is opening an exhibition mapping the seas, which could be a prelude to the biennale.

Monday, September 3

Tiffany Chung @ Tyler Rollins Fine Art, NY

Tiffany Chung returns to Tyler Rollins Fine Art in New York for her third solo show. The Vietnamese artist's TOMORROW ISN’T HERE, is part of a new series of multimedia works called The Galápagos Project, which explores deindustrialization, demographic changes, global economic crises, natural disasters and human destruction. The exhibition, runnin Sep 6-Oct 20, comprises a series of embroidered climate charts, works on paper, a sculptural installation, and video works.

Friday, April 27

Buy-Bye - Shop till you drop where branding is key

Kids These Days by Tr953-1
The group exhibition 'Buy Bye,' which I curated, opens today looking at two subjects close to my heart: luxury consumerism and art..

Tuesday, April 17

Buy Bye @ Vue Privee, Singapore

Vue Privée will inaugurate on Apr 26 its new gallery at Spottiswoode Park with 'Buy Bye,' a group exhibition that looks at the subject of luxury consumerism in Asian society.

Friday, January 13

A look at the interesting "Satellite" exhibitions around Art Stage

Mr Feremod of Sephec

While Art Stage Singapore is still in full swing there were plenty of other interesting “satellite”exhibition openings this week. Among them was “Strange Dreams” by young Vietnamese artist Pham Huy Thong at Ernst & Young office.

Money in Hand

Sunday, October 9

Vietnam Voices @ Tobin Ohashi Gallery, Tokyo

Tran Trong Vu

Three Vietnamese artists (Tran Trong Vu, Nguyen Thanh Truc and Giang Nguyen) are having an exhibition at Tobin Ohashi Gallery in Tokyo.

Friday, September 2

Sotheby's announces details of Southeast Asian auction Oct 3

Hendra Gunawan’s Tuak Manis

Sotheby’s Hong Kong will hold its Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Paintings Autumn Sale 2011 on 3 October (my birthday !), bringing forward a total of over 170 lots estimated in excess of $4.2 million. A substantial collection of important Southeast Asian modern masterpieces will be on offer, among which a selection of over 40 exceptional Vietnamese works of art. On the contemporary front, the sale will feature works by both established and emerging talents.

Sunday, August 21

Medi(t)ation – 2011 Asian Art Biennial @ National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts

Dinh Q. Lê, Signs and Signals From the Periphery, installation view
The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts will present Medi(t)ation – 2011 Asian Art Biennial, opening on October 2 and running until January 2012. This will be the third Asian Art Biennial.

Thursday, August 18

The Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize will be awarded in November

Pham Huy Thong - Brotherhood (Vietnam)

The Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize will be awarded in November. About 130 works across 24 countries and territories have been nominating for the Grand Prize of S$ 45,000, which is being organised by the Singapore Art Museum

Sunday, June 26

Le Thong @ Zee Stone Gallery, Hong Kong

A new exhibition by a Hanoi-based painter Le Thong present a romantic ideal of Asian beauty. Like a poem on a canvas, the figures exist in a world between dream and reality, the delicate face and slender hands drawn in minute detail, while the figures are half hidden behind a textured surface suggesting the soft, luxuriant folds of silk fabric.

Tuesday, March 22

Published - Make yourself at home with the art

The Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi invites the public to interact with public objects in novel ways. Over the years, he has constructed a temporary one-room apartment around a bronze angel weather vane atop a 14th-century cathedral in Basel, and enclosed a 4.5-meter- high statue of Queen Victoria in Liverpool to make it the centerpiece of a temporary hotel room.  For the Singapore Biennale 2011, running until May 15, Mr. Nishi has transformed the 8-meter, or 26-foot, white cement Merlion, a tourist landmark, into the centerpiece of a luxurious hotel suite. The suite, built around the usually water-spouting half-lion, half-fish beast, comes complete with a bathroom, balcony overlooking the Marina Bay and a dedicated butler from the nearby Fullerton Hotel. During the day the room is open to the biennale public, while at night, a few lucky guests can sleep under the statue’s leonine head, which bursts through the floor in a décor wallpapered with a Toile de Jouy pattern that mixes motifs of Sir Stamford Raffles (who founded Singapore), the Merlion and a Chinese temple. Mr. Nishi, who started this practice to bring his art closer to the public and is also working on a living room project in New York, said he liked to “make the public private” by creating an “inside” around a space that is perceived as “outside.” The 32 nights made available to the public for 150 Singapore dollars, or $120, a night sold out in an hour.

The third Singapore Biennale should have been staged last year but was postponed so that it would not coincide with the Youth Olympics, which were held in Singapore. The biennale, which features 63 artists from 30 countries and 161 artworks, aspires to be international, but it still has a strong Asian flavor — 57 percent of the artists are from the Asia-Pacific region. And while the previous biennale’s theme, “Wonder,” favored aesthetically pleasing and more accessible works, this year’s biennale is taking a slightly more difficult conceptual tack.

The biennale is built around the idea “Open House,” and the concept has been stretched to the fullest. “Open House is not strictly a theme, but more of an attitude and way of thinking,” said the biennale’s artistic director, Matthew Ngui, an artist who believes the biennale should be a platform for experimentation. “It is not so much about identifying works that talk about space, but rather identifying artistic processes and practices, and the way they work in specific spaces and interact with them. That is why more than half of the artworks are newly commissioned or works that are premiered here for the first time.”

One of the commissioned works is a new installation by the Thai artist Arin Rungjang, “Unequal Exchange / No Exchange Can Be Unequal.” The artist has created a large living room that will continue to change using a system of exchange in which he invited Thai workers in Singapore to “re-furnish” the space by swapping a piece of furniture from their home with one of his initial pieces from Ikea. The process is to be documented over 64 days with daily photographs added to the wall. Mr. Rungjang said he was interested in exploring social and economic mobility through this work.

In another commissioned piece, Compound, the Cambodian artist Sopheap Pich used bamboo and rattan to create a fictional city surrounded by bombs, alluding to his country’s still recent violent history. 

"Open House” is presented across five different spaces including the city-state’s first civil airport terminal. The airport was closed in the 1960s and had been used until 2009 by the People’s Association, a community group set up by the government to foster racial harmony.  One of the most visually appealing works is an installation by the Vietnamese artist Tiffany Chung, who as a small child experienced firsthand the 1978 flooding of the Mekong River. She rethinks urban planning with a utopian miniature floating city, inspired by vernacular architecture from across Asia. Her project proposes flat sustainable living using local materials, eschewing futuristic high-rise designs that are alien to local habitats. The large installation hangs from the ceiling to appear as though it were floating on water and is complemented by the artist’s jewel-decorated cartographic works of Vietnam. Read the whole story in the IHT .

Saturday, March 12

A first look at Singapore Biennale 2011

Tatzu Nishi's The Merlion Hotel.... Brings the child in you!

Sopheap Pich

A thoughtful installation by Vietnamese artist Tiffany Chung

Lisi Raskin, another one for the kid in you

Thursday, March 10

Opening - Two decades of Southeast Asian contemporary art @ SAM

Negotiating Home, History and Nation: Two decades of contemporary art in Southeast Asia 1991 – 2011 is a new major survey of important works from Southeast Asian artists, including Agus Suwage (Indonesia), Vasan Sitthiket (Thailand), Suzann Victor (Singapore), Wong Hoy Cheong (Malaysia), Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan (The Philippines) and Tran Luong (Vietnam). The exhibition offers audiences an unparalleled opportunity to experience the diverse yet often related aesthetic, conceptual and ideological concerns of artists working in Southeast Asia, and highlights its independence from perceived Western cultural hegemony.

Sunday, February 6

Opening - Christine Nguyen @ 10 Chancery Lane Gallery in HK

10 Chancery Lane
Gallery of Hong Kong will showcase works by the young Vietnamese American artist Christine Nguyen from Feb 7 – Apr 7. Her intriguing photogram murals use a cameraless process of photography, combining drawing and photographic processes. She first draws on layers of Mylar, which are then projected onto light-sensitive paper, which is developed in a color processor, creating a camera-less, photographic image. In addition to watercolor and ink, she also uses materials such as saltwater, seaweed, coral, minerals, and crystals to manipulate the “negative” and the print. The total process is similar to that of making a photogram. The results look like strange, colorful underwater worlds. Beautiful..

Friday, November 26

Published - Presidential Alarm Sounds Again

Introduced in 1947, the Vulcain Cricket was the world’s first mechanical alarm wristwatch, with a sound so strident it could wake a heavy sleeper from the deepest slumber. It established Vulcain as an innovative watchmaker and soon the timepiece got endorsements that many watchmakers could only dream about today: several U.S. presidents started wearing it in public. President Harry S. Truman, who had been given one by the White House Press Photographers’ Association in 1953, often praised it and wore it regularly. His successor, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, also wore a Vulcain Cricket, and so did President Lyndon B. Johnson. The watch became known as the Presidents’ watch and was so popular that the Swiss manufacturer churned them out by the thousands and could barely meet demand. Nevertheless, like many other Swiss brands, it fell victim to the rise of Japanese quartz watches in the 1970s and by the mid-1980s, Vulcain and its Cricket had fallen into oblivion after the manufacturer stopped production. It was resurrected in 2002 by Bernard R. Fleury, the founder and chief executive of Production & Marketing Horloger, after he acquired the patent on the Cricket movement. While the Vulcain brand has struggled to regain its place in the heart of U.S. buyers, it has made some headway in Asia, having come up with new technical innovations, like a self-winding alarm movement, and it is the first alarm watch with a flying tourbillon. Now, with a new marketing campaign harking back to its former presidential endorsements, Vulcain is hoping to recover its past glory in the United States. Read the whole story in the IHT.

Tuesday, August 24

Must See - Pham Huy Thong's latest works at ShContemporary

I first met Pham Huy Thong in Hanoi three years ago when I was working on a story on the Vietnamese art scene for Readers Digest. The young Vietnamese artist was teaching art at a local university and moonlighting as a translator and took me around to see some of the top artists in Hanoi. Since then he’s taken up painting full-time and the gamble is paying off. This is some of the most interesting (read politically and socially engaged) work I’ve seen coming out of Hanoi for a while.

Wednesday, June 30

Opening - Dinh Q. Le @ MOMA

The Museum of Modern Art is currently showing the installation of Dinh Q. Lê’s recently acquired work The Farmers and The Helicopters . The first Vietnamese artist to have a solo exhibition at MoMA, Lê creates work that frequently refers to the Vietnam War and presents both sides of the conflict, informed by his own personal history. The installation, in two adjacent galleries, comprises a three-channel video and a helicopter that was constructed by hand from scrap parts by two Vietnamese men: Le Van Danh, a farmer, and Tran Quoc Hai, a self-taught mechanic. The video, made in collaboration with artists Phu-Nam Thuc Ha and Tuan Andrew Nguyen, interlaces interviews and personal recollections of the war by Vietnamese men and women with clips from American blockbuster films and documentaries made during the war. This installation was first shown at the Singapore Biennale in 2008 and was a big crowd puller. because of its constant interviewing of images, the video is really more of a poem than a documentary film.

Monday, May 31

Auction - Handiwirman Saputra, Geraldine Javier achieve world records

Southeast Asian modern and contemporary art performed very well at Christie's, bringing in $5.7 million with 92% sold. The top lot was by Italian painter-traveler Romualdo Locatelli -Young Balinese Girl with Hibiscus, which broke all previous records, sold for $773,000. An extremely rare and early Fernando Cueto Amorsolo painting, Lavenderas, sold for $434,000), a new world auction record for the artist. Indonesian auction darling I Nyoman Masriadi had 3 paintings in the top 10 lots, but selling for significantly less ($264,500 and below) than his hay days, prior to the financial crisis. Interestingly, two fairly new comers, Indonesian artist Handiwirman Saputra and Filipino Geraldine Javier (photo), achieved world records. Javier’s Ella amo' apasionadamente y fue correspondida (For she loved fiercely, and she is well-loved) sold for $187,464, nearly ten times its estimate.

Saturday, May 29

More thoughts on Art HK 2010

You don't often hear people complaining about image overloads, but the visual feast at Art HK 2010 can be overwhelming after a few hours...A few things I noticed:
1. Southeast Asian artists (though present) were generally under-represented (few Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese, but pickings were slim).
2. Damien Hirst was everywhere! Several galleries had brought some of his butterflies and skull works. There were also spot paintings and a cabinet display. White Cube even showed one of if formaldehyde, The Inescapable Truth (2005), a floating dove - which repordly sold to an Asian collector for £1.75 million. Asians are always brand name conscious and Hirst is definitely a brand
3. The priciest work on offer is a $12 million Warhol at New York’s Greenberg Van Doren Gallery.
4. Early sales were reported, such as a new Zhang Xiaogang painting — Husband and Wife, 2010, for $1 million to an Asian buyer, two Aya Takano paintings for $125,000 each and Tracey Emin’s 2010 neon installation, I Promise To Love You, for £55,000. But galleries were cautious saying selling was slow with collectors taking their time, making enquiries.

Friday, March 5

Must See - Classic Contemporary at 8QSAM

The under-reported temporary exhibition of SAM's private collection of Southeast Asian contemporary art is a must visit for anybody who wants to learn more about that region's art scenes. There is the fab series Souvenir from Indonesia (Photo) from Indonesian artist Agus Suwage, showing his trademark image of himsefl paired with iconic items and symbols associated with Indonesia's history and culture. I also love Living Fossils by Vietnamese artist Vuong Van Thao, a replica of 36 buildings in Hanoi 'fossilized' in cracked resin blocks. Beautiful and very effective in its commentary of the fast disappearing historic homes of old Hanoi. This show is on until May 2, don't miss it.