Anh Duong

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Anh Duong
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Duong at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Vanity Fair party
Born (1960-10-25) October 25, 1960 (age 53)
Bordeaux, France
Occupation Artist, actress, model
Spouse(s) Barton Hubbard Quillen (m. 2006; div. 2008)

Anh Duong (born October 25, 1960) is an American artist, actress, and model. She is known for her self-portraits, which she has compared to a visual diary, as well as portraits of significant art collectors and influencers.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Duong was born in Bordeaux, France, to a Spanish mother and a Vietnamese father. Duong studied architecture at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France, and danced with the Franchetti Academy of Classical Dance.[1] Her early adulthood was spent modeling for Vogue, Christian Lacroix, and John Galliano, among others.

In 1988, Duong moved to New York City and began a career as an artist. Her first solo exhibition was held in 1991 at Sperone Westwater Gallery.[1] A book about her work, Anh Duong (Self) Portraits, was published by Assouline in 2001.[3] In 2004, Artnet magazine said, "Duong's paintings should be viewed as contributions to a different genre – they belong alongside the work of women such as Dora Maar, Anaïs Nin, and Frida Kahlo, artists who compellingly exposed interior worlds whose beauty, intelligence, and character inspired creativity, both in themselves and in others".[4]

Modeling career[edit]

While she was a ballet dancer in Paris, Duong was discovered by photographer David Seidner. He launched her career as a fashion model by featuring her with Tina Chow in the Yves Saint Laurent campaign for Vogue. During her first years as an international fashion model, she appeared in several fashion campaigns for designers such as Emanuel Ungaro and Sybilla, for which she was photographed by Deborah Turbeville and Javier Vallhonrat. She then was featured in in numerous editorials including Vogue (Italian, American, French, German and British), Harper's Bazaar, and Elle.[5]

Duong was introduced to Christian Lacroix, who was launching his couture house in Paris. She quickly became one of his favorite muses for his campaign and runway fashion shows. Around that time, Duong met Dolce & Gabbana in Milan, John Galliano in London, and Sybilla in Spain, and was in their first runway shows. She consistently walked for the world's top fashion designers for fashion weeks in New York, Milan, London, and Paris. They included Yohji Yamamoto, Moschino, Isaac Mizrahi, Christian Dior, Donna Karan, Karl Lagerfeld, and Geoffrey Beene.[6][7][8]

In 1988, Duong began to re-focus her acting and art career. During this time, the fashion world was leaning towards using non-models in their magazines and campaigns, and so Duong embarked on a second phase of her modeling career, as an artist featured in various campaigns. She was featured in the famous first Gap Inc. campaign shot by Herb Ritts and featured other artists and actors, all in black and white. She was shot by Steven Meisel, Michel Comte, and Peter Lindbergh for Donna Karan and was featured in the J. Crew and Banana Republic campaigns.[9]

In 2013, Duong was photographed by Patrick Demarchelier for Bottega Veneta.[10]

Today she is represented by IMG Worldwide.[11][12]

Anh Duong has graced many best dressed lists, most notably the International Best Dressed List by Eleanor Lambert.[13]

Acting career[edit]

In 1992, Duong was cast in The Mambo Kings as her debut feature film role. Her career also includes roles in such films as I Shot Andy Warhol and Lisa Cholodenko's High Art, which was presented in Cannes and also at the Sundance Film Festival. Duong also acted in two films by French director Laetitia Masson, For Sale and Love Me, the latter of which was screened at the Berlin Film Festival.[14]

In 2013, Duong worked on Desiree Akhavan's first feature film, Appropriate Behavior, in which she played Nasrin, the lead character's mother. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014.[15]

Duong also appeared in Laetitia Masson's French movie, Etre ou ne pas Etre (To Be or not To Be).[14]


Year Title Role Director
1992 The Mambo Kings Ismelda Perez Arne Glimcher
1992 Scent of a Woman Sofia Martin Brest
1996 I Shot Andy Warhol Comtesse De Courcy Mary Harron
1997 My Best Friend's Wedding Dining Guest P.J. Hogan
1998 High Art Dominique Lisa Cholodenko
1998 For Sale The American Painter Laetitia Masson
2000 Love Me Gloria Laetitia Masson
2014 To Be or Not To Be La femme riche Laetitia Masson
2014 Welcome to New York Livia Abel Ferrara
2014 Appropriate Behavior Nasrin Desiree Akhavan


  • 1993 – Anh Duong (group exhibition) at Daniel Blau Gallery, Munich, Germany. (booklet)[16]
  • 1995 – Anh Duong (solo exhibition) at Fukuoka Akarenga Cultural Center, Fukuoka City, Japan. (catalogue)[16]
  • 1998 – Anh Duong (group exhibition) at Guy McIntyre Gallery, New York, New York.[16]
  • 1999 – Anh Duong – Autoportraits (solo exhibition) at Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris, France.[16][18]
  • 2001 – Anh Duong – La Mariée mise à nu par les célibataires (solo exhibition) at Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris, France.[16][20]
  • 2003 – FIAC (group exhibition) at Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris, France.[21][22]
  • 2005 – Anh Duong – Flowers (solo exhibition) at Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris, France.[16][23]
  • 2009 – The Female Gaze: Women Look at Women (group exhibition) at Cheim & Read, New York, New York.[16][24]
  • 2012 – About Face (group exhibition) at ACME, Los Angeles, California. Curated by Daniel Weinberg.[21][27]
  • 2012 – The Haberdashery (group exhibition) at Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, New York.[21][28]
  • 2012 – Portraits/Self-Portraits from the 16th to 21st Century (group exhibition) at Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York, New York[21][29]
  • 2012 – Other Exhibitions (group exhibition) at Sonnabend Gallery, New York, New York.[21][30]
  • 2014 – Anh Duong – Can You See Me (solo exhibition) at Robilant + Voena, London, England.[21][31]


Personal life[edit]

Duong has been involved in relationships with artist Julian Schnabel[33] and auction house owner Simon de Pury.[34]

In June 2006, Duong married Barton Hubbard Quillen, an architect whose maternal grandmother was the third wife of financier Thomas Mellon Evans Jr., owner of 1981 Kentucky Derby winner Pleasant Colony. The couple divorced in 2008.[35][34]


  1. ^ a b c Artist bio at Tony Shafrazi Gallery
  2. ^ "Anh Duong – Captivating (Self) Portraits". The Ground magazine. Retrieved 2013-01-23. 
  3. ^ Duong, Anh; O'Brien, Glenn (October 2001). Anh Duong (Self) Portraits. Assouline. ISBN 2843232856. 
  4. ^ "Bio". Anh Duong. 
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  10. ^ Bottega Veneta Jewelry 2013 Campaign Amanda Brooks, Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, Anh Duong, and Coco Brandolini d'Adda by Demarchelier
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  14. ^ a b Anh Duong at the Internet Movie Database
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  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i j artnet – Anh Duong (French, 1960)
  17. ^ Amid Palms and Birches, They Danced
  18. ^ Anh Duong – Autoportraits at Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont
  19. ^ Anh Duong at Tony Shafrazi Gallery
  20. ^ Anh Duong – La Mariée mise à nu par les célibataires at Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont
  21. ^ a b c d e f g h "Exhibitions". Anh Duong. 
  22. ^ FIAC 2003 - FANTASME FANTASQUE at Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont
  23. ^ Anh Duong – Flowers at Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont
  24. ^ The Female Gaze at Cheim & Read
  25. ^ Anh Duong – Self Portraits at Sonnabend Gallery
  26. ^ Untitled (Giotto's O) at Sperone Westwater Gallery
  27. ^ About Face at ACME
  28. ^ The Haberdashery at Eric Firestone Gallery
  29. ^ Portraits/Self-Portraits from the 16th to 21st Century at Sperone Westwater Gallery
  30. ^ Other Exhibitions at Sonnabend Gallery
  31. ^ Anh Duong – Can You See Me at Robilant + Voena
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  33. ^ Stone, Michael (18 May 1992). "Off the Canvas: The Art of Julian Schnabel Survives the Wreckage of the Eighties". New York Magazine: 35. 
  34. ^ a b "Artsy Marriage Goes Bust". New York Post. 7 July 2008. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  35. ^ Ravo, Nick (18 July 1997). "Thomas Evans, 86, a Takeover Expert, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 January 2013.