Zhiyan Yang is a doctoral student specializing in modern and contemporary East Asian art. After spending three years at Sarah Lawrence College, bracketing a year abroad at the University of Oxford, studying mainly Western art, Zhiyan regained his interests of what is closest to his heart, Chinese art. Working at Xu Bing Studio in Brooklyn, New York as an intern, he had the chance to view the contemporary Chinese art world from a rather different perspective. His current research interests include traditional art media, architecture, visual culture, and the relationship among all three in the context of the idea of modernity from the late 19th century up to today. Aside from China, Zhiyan has also developed a passion for Japanese art and photography after the Second World War.