In the aftermath of the “85’ New Wave Movement”, some Chinese art critics put forward the issue of “purification of language”, turning the deliberation of the artistic language a visible debate in artistic practice. Artists in art academies, state-employed art critics, independent critics, alongside with
young artists emerging from the “85’ New Wave” came forth to express their viewpoints. This discussion died down gradually after the 1989 China Avant-garde Exhibition. In this process of debate, the issue of the art language became a touchstone, reflecting the footholds of various value systems.