Don't Call it Art! | Author: Annette Bhagwati

Karaoke bars and noisy motorbikes, AIDS and capitalism, Buddhism and homosexuality, the allure of Western brands and a worn out country, marked by war the works of Vietnamese artists Truong Tan, Nguyen Minh Thanh, Nguyen Quang Huy and Nguyen Van Cuong are both blunt and introspective, marked by fury and tenderness. Their unconventional works, their art performances and installations the first ever in Vietnam have established them as the most important protagonists of a free young art scene that emerged in Hanoi in the early 1990s.

Four extensive artist sections are the core of the book. The archive of German artist Veronika Radulovic enables us to make these radical works accessible for the first time. Don't Call it Art! tells the initial story of four artists and thereby bridge a gap in Vietnamese art history of the 20th century.

23 x 17.5cm
432 pages

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