June 27, 2005
An amazing exhibition at the Metropolitan in Ho Chi Minh City of paintings produced by street children. With complete honesty, the work was well done, unprejudiced by any inclination to say that all art by children is good, which we might recall, is what Picasso had once said only adding the question of maintaining the artistry through adulthood. The exhibition was organized by Shoshana Diem Hoang, a Fulbright scholar from the United States who has been working in Vietnam for 11 months.
Artist Tam, nominated by friends as the most skillful painter, said: "I drew these pictures in a spontaneous way. Today when my pictures were inserted into the frames, I almost didn't recognize them because they looked very beautiful."
Ngoc Thang from HCM City shared the others' happiness, revealing his joy: "Although I do not have any pictures displayed on the show, I feel quite happy as I have helped my friends with cooking and other jobs.
If non-professional organizations can put on well-lit, well-attended, well-packaged shows, why are the museums and art associations in the city unable to do so?
Posted by rst at June 27, 2005 12:05 PM
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That sounds like such a great event. As for the museums and art associations. Well, they tend to be in it for the money, not necessary for art.
Posted by: t at June 28, 2005 10:30 AM