Gallery Hopping on Thursdays: October 31, 2013
This week, we start off in London, taking a look at artworks by Vietnamese Contemporary artists that are being exhibited as part of the ongoing events for Asian Art in London, from October 31–November 9, 2013. We then check out a retrospective of the acclaimed photographer, Diane Arbus (American, 1923–1971) in San Francisco, CA that draws attention to Arbus’s uncanny ability to produce images that surreptitiously document the idiosyncrasies of the varied individuals she encountered during her brief but prolific stretch as a photographer. Worlds of Paper and Wood, Asian Art in London will be on view on October 31 at 32 Store Street, London WC1E 7BS, UK.
For over two decades, collector and dealer, Raquelle Azran has been dedicated to promoting Vietnamese Contemporary Art on an international level, curating shows throughout America, Europe, and Asia of established and emerging talent from Vietnam. Worlds of Paper and Wood is an exhibition Azran has organized in London to celebrate the 16th installment of Asian Art in London, an annual event that brings together gallerists, auction houses, and experts for 10 days of activities geared toward educating the public on the growing market of Asian Art and its exponential influence on the London art scene. The artworks by five Vietnamese Contemporary artists currently working in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, explore the practice of combining traditional aesthetics with current techniques and vice versa. Oriental motifs, abstract landscapes, and jagged figures are prevalent in Azran’s selection, which includes watercolors, woodblock prints, and lacquer paintings on wood by artists Vu Thu Hien (Vietnamese, b.1970), Phung Pham (Vietnamese, b.1934), and Vu Duc Trung (Vietnamese, b.1981). Diane Arbus 1971–1956 will be on view on October 31 at 49 Geary Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108.
In San Francisco, Fraenkel Gallery presents viewers with an original exhibition of Diane Arbus’s photographic oeuvre entitled Diane Arbus 1971–1956, which showcases one photograph for each year of the artist’s career before her untimely death in 1971. Apart from the artist’s technical development through the years, the exhibition places importance on Arbus’s sensitivity to the singular qualities of people from all walks of life in settings that seem to further highlight the traits that set them apart. In Two Ladies at the Automat, N.Y.C., 1966, a pair of boldly dressed older women gaze into the camera; amused and undisturbed, each holds a cigarette in opposite hands. We are led to believe that they purchased cigarettes from one of the vending machines at the automat where they candidly posed for their portrait.
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