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)
1. realist adj.
現實主義的 (xian4 shi2 zhu3 yi4 de5)
例: Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy are both very famous Russian realist authors.
2. leftist adj.
左翼的 (zuo3 yi4 de5)
例: For many anarchism is an extreme leftist ideal.
3. trace v.
追溯 (zhui1 su4)
例: The book traces the history of radio and television.