Exhibitions

KU FU-SHENG SOLO EXHIBITION

KU FU-SHENG  SOLO EXHIBITION

Exhibition Period
02 Aug 2008 - 24 Aug 2008
Address
ESLITE GALLERY
Opening Hours
8 Aug 2008

Fu-sheng KU

Fu-sheng KU was born in Shanghai in 1934 and came to Taiwan when his father General KU Chu-tung brought the entire family over with the Nationalist Army in 1948. Like many other artists, KU took to drawing at a young age. When graduating from the Department of Fine Arts at Taiwan Normal University, he had already participated in the exhibitions of Fifth Moon Group, becoming one of the key figures promoting modern art in Taiwan. Kenneth Hsien-yung PAI, prominent writer and a close friend, remarks that art is a passionate and persistent pursuit for KU. "If everyone must choose a way of life, painting is my whole life—my thoughts are in my work, and so are my feelings and every detail of my existence." KU faces his art with utmost honesty. Indifferent to trends in art, he prefers to indulge himself in the subconscious world between reality and fiction, allowing his fantasies and dreams to flow spontaneously. Naturally inspired by anything or any situation, his creations spring from his inner sense; time, place, material, color, and lines can all be used as vehicles for expression. KU readily twists his media in rich and diverse ways, gracing his works with whimsical and unconstrained fun and beauty.

Exploring the meaning of life, KU's creation centers around "man" as a vital subject, so that his oeuvre can be associated with modernist and existentialist philosophy. As curator Chia Chi Jason WANG once commented, "Fu-sheng KU's creative enlightenment began with the individual's 'body' and he strives to capture the 'present.' Depictions of distortion and deformation are commonly found in his art." Many of KU's human bodies are deformed and elongated, a style that is unique and impressive even today for its visual convulsion and emotional infectiousness. Fu-sheng KU says, "I paint man's inner self as well as his feelings towards the outer world; man's relationship with man, or man's relationship with his surrounding environment and nature. Life is a riddle and a dream. Life is fragile." The complexity of human nature, interpersonal parting, the mysteriousness and desires of the body, and the dream and reality of life... these are the ideas that pervade his art. KU's works exude a rich literary quality, constantly reflecting on the issues of human existence and infused with intense feelings and drama.

Fu-sheng KU's art can be roughly classified into different periods based on the cities he has lived in: Taipei period (1957-1961), Paris period (1961-1962), New York period (1963-1974), San Francisco period (1974-1990), Portland period (1990-2002), Chicago period (2002-2008), and Los Angeles period (2008-Present). In early works, headless bodies are enveloped in infinite solitude and bitterness. In works of the middle years are his contemplations of life and death as well as the juxtaposition of illusion and reality. The recent works now witness his liberation from all worldly restraints and sing praises of life with melodies from a blooming sanctuary. Fu-sheng KU's creative career illustrates a sincere artist's profound fascination in man, living and life in all its endearments. 

1935

Born in Shanghai, China

1948

Moved to Taipei, Taiwan

1958

BFA., Department of Fine Arts, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei,

 

Taiwan

 

Joined the Fifth Moon Group

1961

Moved to Paris, France

1962

Moved to New York, USA

1963-67

Studied at Art Students League of New York, USA

1968

Moved to Chicago, USA

1971

Moved back to New York, USA

1974

Moved to San Francisco, USA

1990

Moved to Portland, USA

2002

Moved to Chicago, USA

2008

Moved to Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA

2017

Died in Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA

 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017

“It’s a Beautiful Life : A Memorial Retrospective of Fu-sheng KU’s work,  

 

ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan

 

“Life is Like A Dream: Ku Fu-Sheng Retrospective Exhibition”, Chinese

 

American Arts Council Gallery 456, New York, USA

2016

“Song of Myself: Selected Works of Fu-sheng KU 1960-2015”,

 

ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan

2014

Moon 12 Art, Taipei, Taiwan

2012

ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan

2008

ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan

2005

ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan

2001

BML Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

1998

ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan

1997

“The Floating of Being: The Retrospective of Ku Fu-sheng, 1959-1996”,

 

Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

1995

Quartersaw Gallery, Portland, USA

 

Crown Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan

1994

Quartersaw Gallery, Portland, USA

1993

Quartersaw Gallery, Portland, USA

1988

Yung Han Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

1985

Galleria Mavrikas, San Francisco, USA

1982

The Asia Foundation, San Francisco, USA

1981

“20-Year Retrospective”, Apollo Art Gallery; Lung Men Art Gallery, Taipei,

 

Taiwan

1979

Sather Gate Gallery, University of California, Berkeley, USA

1972

Martha Berrien Studio, Cape Cod, USA

1967

Kaymar Gallery, New York, USA

1965

Kaymar Gallery, New York, USA

1964

Kaymar Gallery, New York, USA

1962

La Galerie Mouffe, Paris, France

1961

Taiwan Shin Sheng News Daily Press News Building, Taipei, Taiwan

 

 

 

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017

“Spectrosynthesis – Asian LGBTQ Issues and Art Now”,

 

Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan.

 

“An Ode to Thirty”, ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan

2003

“The Experimental Sixties: Avant-Garde Art in Taiwan”, Taipei Fine Arts

 

Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

2000

Quartersaw Gallery, Portland, USA

1999

ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan

1993

“Taiwan Art (1945-1993)”, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

 

Quartersaw Gallery, Portland, USA

1991

“Fifth Moon Retrospective”, Lung Men Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

1988

National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan

1986

“A Retrospective Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Art”, Taipei Fine Arts

 

Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

1985

“New Art in the West”, Vorpal Gallery, San Francisco, USA

1978

“Japanese-American Arts Show”, San Francisco, USA

1976

Jenson Gallery, San Francisco, USA

1974

Martha Berrien Studio, Cape Cod, USA

1971

AAA Gallery, New York, USA

1970

October Gallery, Chicago, USA

1966

Tempo Gallery, Lenox, USA

1964

Poorman’s West Gallery, New York, USA

 

World House International, New York, USA

 

Asia House, New York, USA

1963

Union Culturelle de Biarritz, Paris, France

 

Galleria San Fedele, Milan, Italy

1962

“International Youth Art Exhibition”, Paris, France

 

“73rd Exposition of Société des Artistes Indépendants”, Grand Palais, Paris,

 

France

 

La Galeria Mouffe, Paris, France

1961

National Gallery, National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan

 

“5th Exhibition of Fifth Moon Group”, Taiwan Shin Sheng Daily News Press

 

News Building, Taipei, Taiwan

1960

“6th Sao Paulo Biennial”, Sao Paulo, Brazil

 

“4th Fifth Moon Exhibition”, Taiwan Shin Sheng Daily News Press News

 

Building, Taipei, Taiwan

 

“Modern Oil Painting”, National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan

1959

“3rd Fifth Moon Exhibition”, Taiwan Shin Sheng Daily News Press News

 

Building, Taipei, Taiwan

1958

“2nd Fifth Moon Exhibition”, Taiwan Shin Sheng Daily News Press News

 

Building, Taipei, Taiwan

 

 

 

 

Awards

1960

Honorable Mention, 6th Sao Paulo Biennial, Sao Paulo, Brazil

1963-65

Elizabeth Carstairs Scholarship, Art Students League, New York, USA

 

 

 

 

Public Collections

Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, USA

National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan

Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Fu-Sheng Ku 2008

Author / Fu-sheng KU
  • Language
  • Price NT$680
  • PublisherThe Eslite
  • Size26.5x21.2 cm
  • Publication Date2008/08
  • ISBN9789868457300
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Fu-Sheng Ku 2008

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