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Painters in Hanoi An Ethnography of Vietnamese Art by Nora Annesley Taylor

Painters in Hanoi An Ethnography of Vietnamese Art


Painters in Hanoi An Ethnography of Vietnamese Art by Nora Annesley Taylor

Painters in Hanoi engages with twentieth-century Vietnam through its artists and their works, providing a new angle on a country most often portrayed through the lens of war and politics. Drawing on interviews with artists, cultural officers, curators, art critics, and others in Hanoi, Taylor surveys the impact artists have had on intellectual life in Vietnam. The book shows them within their own complex community, one fraught with tensions, politicking, and favoritism, yet also a sense of belonging.


Painters in Hanoi adds important perspectives to the growing body of literature on contemporary Southeast Asian art, as it also illuminates the highly specific political, economic, and social conditions that shape but do not determine that art. Taylor's deeply satisfying work further erodes unitary notions of an artistic modernity and the authority of Euro-American paradigms of art history and art making to explain art production throughout the world. She convincingly demonstrates that artistic identity never remains stable but is always asserted, tested, defined, and redefined in local and now global social worlds. - Journal of Asian Studies

About the Author

Nora Annesley Taylor is associate professor of Vietnamese and Southeast Asian art and culture in the Interdisciplinary Humanities Program at Arizona State University.

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Publication date

17th March 2018


Nora Annesley Taylor

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University of Hawai'i Press


192 pages


Painting & paintings
History of art & design styles: from c 1900 -
Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography



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