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United States

Above and beyond

Bradford Edwards

NGUYEN VAN CUONG, Franklin in the Crowd, 1997, ink and watercolour on rice paper, 63.5 x 82.5 cm.

A strong inaugural exhibition of contemporary Vietnamese art opened in March 1998 at the Pacific Bridge Gallery in Oakland, California. This exhibition, in particular, was a clear sign that the Vietnamese art community has broadened and developed noticeably since the early 1990s. The curators displayed an unusual strategy by freely mixing the work of three generations of Vietnamese painters. Artists aged in their early twenties to their lateā€¦

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