Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Dinh Q. Lê: Sketches of Life from the Vietnam War

At the Mori Art Museum…
Guide: The sketches are reports of the war in mainly in pen  or pencil. Some are in watercolor. Many are portraits serving as identity photos to be passed back to the family if they were killed.

Visitor: It’s amazing they could sketch out on the battlefield.

Guide: They regarded themselves as activists, as artist-soldiers. They had their role to fill. They wanted to leave a record.  Art as activism.
These are artists who are not engaging in “art for art’s sake”. This is art pressed into service. The pictures are reports from the front.

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