YANG Zhi-Lin



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This letter is addressed to Kong Chang-an, an art critic. The letter's opening greeting was followed by a brief mention of Xu Lei's exhibition. He then began to express his creative mindset in the 1990s, often known as the "Apartment Art". Because there were few opportunities for exhibition, artists reverted back to underground. Yang Zhi-Lin, the artist and the writer of this letter, claimed that he encountered a bottleneck while creating. He continued to depict his hazy dreams in ink, eventually completing between fifty and sixty pieces. At that time, Duo Yun-Xuan, an art dealer and auction house, founded in Shanghai in 1900, sent him an invitation to an exhibition. He was putting everything together like a headless chicken because he did not ask for any media attention or financial gain. However, he also felt hassle-free. He said in his words "why? I don't know" twice to state his mindset, once for the exhibition and creation; once for his teaching duties at the Industry Design of Nanjing University of Arts. (Zhuocheng Jiang '26)

Correspondence: YANG Zhilin to KONG Changan on Exhibition and Artistic Creation Mentality



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