Painters In Hanoi: An Ethnography Of Vietnamese Art


by Taylor, Nora Annesley

Painters In Hanoi: An Ethnography Of Vietnamese Art

Price:  US$29.26   (SGD38.00*)
Format:  Paper Back, 176 pages
Published:  2009, Singapore, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9789971694531
SB#:  046124 (703)

About This Book

With Vietnamese painting gaining prominence in the contemporary art circuits of Southeast Asia, many artists have found fame and fortune, yet Vietnamese painting is generally overlooked in art history surveys of the region. Nora Taylor sets out to change that with this book. Painters in Hanoi engages with 20th-century Vietnam through its artists and their works, providing a new angle on a country most often portrayed through the lens of war and politics. Drawing on interviews with artists, curators, art critics and others in Hanoi, the author surveys the impact artists have had on intellectual life in Vietnam. The book shows them within their own complex community, one fraught with tensions, politiking, and favoritism, yet also a sense of belonging. It describes their education, the role of the government in their arts, the rise and fall of individual artists, their influence as active players in the politics of place and gender, the audience for their work, and how tourism and the international art market have influenced it. By presenting artists as individuals actively involved in national life, this book offers a truly innovative perspective on modern Vietnamese history. Paperback reissue.


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