Phong Bui, ‘Social Environment #2’, 2014, Mana Contemporary

About Phong Bui

Writer and artist Phong Bui makes installations and colorful collages that evoke modernist artworks such as those by Arthur Beecher Carles and Joseph Cornell. As a child in Vietnam, Phong, the publisher of the Brooklyn Rail, would pore over Vogue magazine and dream of being an art director at Condé Nast. It was only after he went to the Museum of Modern Art for the first time and saw Willem de Kooning’s Woman I (1950–2) that he decided to pursue fine art instead of commercial art. “It really gave me a shock,” he says of the iconic abstract expressionist painting. “I got goose bumps.”

Vietnamese, b. 1964