by Shireen Nazaree
2008, 35 pp., 37 colour and 6 b&w illustrations, softbound, 26 x 26 cm.
ISBN: n/a $18.00
Catalogue of an exhibition of the works of Vietnamese artist Le Quang Ha, who has, over the last decade, created some of the most interesting contemporary art in Vietnam. Ha, born in Hanoi in 1963, began his public art career with an exhibition in 1987 in Ho Chi Minh City and since has exhibited extensively in Europe, East- and Southeast Asia as well as the USA. The artist offers a personal perspective on contemporary Vietnamese society that is both rich and highly individualistic, challenging and at time bordering on the shocking.
The present catalogue features some 42 works by the artist, ranging from 1995 through to 2007, executed in such media as oil on canvas, pencil sketches, lacquer and mixed media. Concurrent with the present exhibition Ha is also partipating in the current exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum, Post Doi Moi: Vietnamese Art After 1990.
Thavibu Gallery, located in Bangkok, Thailand, is an innovative art gallery with the objective of promoting quality works of contemporary art, particularly from Thailand, Vietnam and Burma. The emphasis is on young and upcoming artists whose works express and communicate the imaginative aspects of their culture and reflect concerns that range broadly from the spiritual and aesthetic to the social and political. Thavibu Gallery also publishes high quality monographs on Asian contemporary art and artists.