Vietnamese Art’s Presence at Affordable Art Fair Singapore November 2014

Vietnamese Art’s Presence at Affordable Art Fair Singapore November 2014

This article assesses the opportunities for Vietnamese artists at Affordable Art Fair in Singapore (AAF). The second edition in the year happens from 20 – 23 November 2014 at the usual location of F1 Pit Building.

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This is a market space – yes, definitely! More than 100 galleries and 800 artists participate. The price range increases significantly compared to last edition in May 2014, with many works at $ 9-10,000. Collectors, art lovers or buyers can still find works at $2-5,000 and handful at $175 – especially at the “Under $1,000 Wall”. Please note that all are listed in SGD (divide by 1.25 to get USD figures).

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Together with the exhibition, the organizer also has “Arty-licious” programs that promote sales, such as Arty-licious Friday evening – special live art performances, live music and on the spot drink promotion to raise fund for The Red Pencil Singapore; “The Art of being moved” – a live painting performance by Instinc; and pamper-licious; live art jamming session, etc. Activities to educate visitors and promote young artists also have the spaces with Young Talent Programme, Multi-disciplinary showcase and workshops, Snapshot Art talks, Children’s Art Studio, etc.

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Artists who visit the AAF can also learn and explore the usage of new medium. It’s very interesting to talk with onsite artists about the processes and techniques for the work, from digital, oil, string, acrylic to rice paper, etc.

4 seasons – Spring | Summer | Autumn | Winter Rhythm, Rachael Nee RWA
Artwork “4 seasons – Spring | Summer | Autumn | Winter Rhythm” by Rachael Nee RWA
Ambiguous Wall 2014,  Kim Byung Joo
Artwork “Ambiguous Wall 2014” by Kim Byung Joo
Too cool, Vincent Poole
Artwork “Too cool” by Vincent Poole
Artwork "Dreams and Hopes (birds)" by Stiliana Alexieva
Artwork “Dreams and Hopes (birds)” by Stiliana Alexieva
Artwork "Balance" by Ferdinand Cacnio
Artwork “Balance” by Ferdinand Cacnio

In search for Vietnamese artists, I found about 5 galleries including those I mentioned in the last edition – THEO Art Projects (Hà Mạnh Thắng, Nguyễn Thị Châu Giang) and Artblue Studio (Nguyễn Lâm, Phạm Duy Quỳnh…)

Artwork "A story of three girls" by Nguyen Thi Chau Giang
Artwork “A story of three girls” by Nguyen Thi Chau Giang
Artwork "Abstract 1" by Nguyen Lam
Artwork “Abstract 1” by Nguyen Lam
Artwork "Persimmon season" by Pham Duy Quynh
Artwork “Persimmon season” by Pham Duy Quynh
Artwork "On the wire" by Pham Duy Qunh
Artwork “On the wire” by Pham Duy Qunh

Interestingly, a US-based gallery whose name is Vietnam Contemporary Fine Art introduces famous Vietnamese artists such as Nguyễn Tư Nghiêm, Phan Cẩm Thượng, Đinh Thị Thắm Poong, Nguyễn Thanh Bình, Lê Phương Dung, Trịnh Quốc Chiến, Đặng Xuân Hoà, etc.

Artwork "Silence of Time" by Trinh Quoc Chien
Artwork “Silence of Time” by Trinh Quoc Chien
Artwork "Sunset and Moon Viewing" by Dang Xuan Hoa
Artwork “Sunset and Moon Viewing” by Dang Xuan Hoa
Artwork "New Year Horse" by Nguyen Tu Nghiem
Artwork “New Year Horse” by Nguyen Tu Nghiem
Artwork "Three Faces of Masks" by Pham Cam Thuong
Artwork “Three Faces of Masks” by Pham Cam Thuong
Artwork "Hang Dao street" by Pham Luan
Artwork “Hang Dao street” by Pham Luan
Artwork "Bird Songs" by Dinh thi Tham Poong
Artwork “Bird Songs” by Dinh thi Tham Poong
Artwork "Ballerina" by Nguyen Thanh Binh
Artwork “Ballerina” by Nguyen Thanh Binh

Hanoi Studio seems to be the only from Vietnam with Hoàng Nghĩa Hiệp, Lê Thiết Cương, Nguyễn Quốc Trung, Bùi Tiến Tuấn, etc.

Artwork "Mother and a child at the market" by Hoang Nghia Hiep
Artwork “Mother and a child at the market” by Hoang Nghia Hiep
Artwork "Seeing Lotus" by Le Thiet Cuong
Artwork “Seeing Lotus” by Le Thiet Cuong
Artwork "Dance No. 4" by Bui Tien Tuan
Artwork “Dance No. 4” by Bui Tien Tuan
Artwork "Moment" by Nguyen Quoc Trung
Artwork “Moment” by Nguyen Quoc Trung

And Tran Quoc Tuan is a part in the collection of another Singapore-based gallery.

Artwork "Choice" by Tran Quoc Tuan
Artwork “Choice” by Tran Quoc Tuan

And other works you might be interested are below:

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Reported by Hue Tran from Singapore.

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