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Post-war realist painter Wu Yao-chung’s works on display
台灣戰後現實主義畫家 吳耀忠尋畫

A visitor observes Luis Feito’s 1964 painting “Untitled” during a preview of an exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain on Jan. 30.
一位參觀者一月三十日在西班牙畢爾包古根漢美術館的預展,觀看魯依思菲托一九六四年畫的無名作品。

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A leading figure among Taiwan’s post-WWII realist painters, Wu Yao-chung (1937-1987) was born in New Taipei City’s Sanxia District and was a pupil of Li Mei-shu. Wu’s works won many awards in national exhibitions, and after he graduated from National Taiwan Normal University, he began teaching in the Fine Arts Department of the National Academy of Arts. Wu’s works display a transition from traditional Taiwanese realist painting toward the development of a more critical realism. Upon coming into contact with leftist thinking, he was imprisoned in 1968 for working with the Alliance for Taiwanese Democracy.

In writing Wu’s life story and tracing the origins and development of Taiwan’s post-war realist art and to further understand the development of Taiwan’s leftist spirit, the Wistaria Culture Association and National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) have located more than 130 of Wu’s works which were scattered in various places, and brought them together to form a commemorative exhibit entitled “Searching for Wu Yaozhong’s Paintings: Stories of a Realist Artist.”

A series of exhibitions and talks are being held, including an exhibition at Taipei’s Wisteria House until Feb. 26, an exhibition at Yilan County Cultural Affairs Bureau’s Exhibit Hall No. 1 from March 30 until April 15, and a talk there entitled “Realist painter Wu Yao-chung’s conversation with literature” on March 30. His works will also be on display at NTHU’s Art Center from April 23 until May 17, and a talk titled “Searching for Wu Yao-chung’s paintings” will be held there on April 20 as well as one titled “The origins and development of Post-war Taiwan’s realist cultural movement” on May 7. The last exhibit will be held from June 2 until June 24 at ByWood in Greater Kaohsiung’s Chiaotou District.

(LIBERTY TIMES, TRANSLATED BY KYLE JEFFCOAT)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. realist adj.

現實主義的 (xian4 shi2 zhu3 yi4 de5)

例: Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy are both very famous Russian realist authors.

(杜斯妥也夫斯基與托爾斯泰均是俄國有名的現實主義作家。)

2. leftist adj.

左翼的 (zuo3 yi4 de5)

例: For many anarchism is an extreme leftist ideal.

(無政府主義對許多人來說是極左翼派的理想。)

3. trace v.

追溯 (zhui1 su4)

例: The book traces the history of radio and television.

(這本書追溯收音機與電視機的歷史發展。)


台灣戰後現實主義繪畫的代表人物吳耀忠(1937-1987),生於新北市三峽區,師承李梅樹,作品多次於省展獲獎,並在師大畢業後於國立藝專美術科任職。其藝術創作,呈現了台灣現實主義繪畫傳統向批判現實主義發展,但在此之外,他卻因接觸左翼思想,曾於一九六八年因「民主台灣聯盟」案入獄。

為替畫家寫下生命故事,同時追溯台灣戰後現實主義文藝的流變,理解台灣左翼精神的發展,紫藤文化協會與清華大學等單位,找出了一百三十餘件散藏各處的吳耀忠作品,集結成「尋畫—現實主義畫家吳耀忠」紀念展。

一系列展覽及座談活動,包括近日至二十六日在紫藤廬,三月三十日至四月十五日在宜蘭縣政府文化局第一展覽室,三月三十一日座談主題「現實主義畫家吳耀忠與文學的對話」;四月二十三日至五月十七日在清華大學藝術中心,四月二十日演講主題「尋畫—現實主義畫家吳耀忠」、五月七日座談主題「台灣戰後現實主義文化運動的流變」;六月二日至二十四日在高雄市橋頭區白屋。

(自由時報記者凌美雪)

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