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On the era of Chiang Kai-shek's reign

Title: On the era of Chiang Kai-shek's reign
Artist: Wu Tien-chang 吳天章
Created: 1990
Media: oil on canvas
Source: Courtesy of Wu Tien-chang

Wu's images of Chiang Kai-shek (together with other Chinese and Taiwan-based authoritarian leaders) were first unveiled in 1990, at a time when reflection on the role of Chiang was still a highly sensitive topic on Taiwan. This artist, who had started his career designing cover art for opposition publications during the martial-law era, was some of the first in Taiwan to critically explore the legacy of official Chiang iconography.