Light, Wind, Tree

The healing power of art At VinGallery’s latest exhibition, an artist’s work points towards the healing power of nature in response to human catastrophe. In response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, Yohei Yama, a Japanese artist based in France, was inspired to celebrate nature in his work. His latest collection, currently exhibited at

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Flying Colors

Traditional flags and their meanings in Vietnam Flags have been used to communicate meanings, directions and identities for over 6,000 years. The earliest known flag is a bronze relic from Iran dated around 4,000BC. I never thought much about the meanings of flags until I moved to Vietnam where they are far more common than

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Dynamic Range

In conversation with National Geographic photographers Steve McCurry and Michael Yamashita You may not know them, but you know their work. They’ve taken you places and sharpened the way you look at the world. You’ve probably never met them, probably wouldn’t recognize them, but that’s because their job is to be invisible, to blend in.

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Inside the Mind of Artist Pham Huy Thong

Born in 1981 in Ha Tay Province, Pham Huy Thong is a 2004 graduate of the Hanoi Industrial Fine Arts University. Among his many important solo and group exhibitions in Vietnam and abroad, Thong displayed his solo exhibition Hands at Craig Thomas Gallery in November 2012. We posed questions to Thong to better understand what

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The Collectibles: Collecting Contemporary Vietnamese Art

Tucked down a small alleyway in Binh Thanh District, a group of us are at San Art contemplating a series of seemingly unrelated works of art. There’s an alphabet primer embroidered with silver thread, children on a playground, what looks to be a color blindness eye chart and a student with his hand raised. Over

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Art and meditation

Drawing and mindfulness bring beauty to the ordinary… Here is how art and meditation fit together. Since I was about 16, I enjoyed sitting within a landscape to draw it. However, I would often spend more time searching for the most picturesque view than I actually spent drawing. I was so keen to produce a

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