This is the first monograph on an alternative artist in contemporary Chinese art. In the reformulation of values in contemporary Chinese art, Wang Luyan's concepts and methodologies differentiate his from those that have been most popular. The most significant characteristic is his transformation of artistic concepts into the commonplace through social relations and everyday experience. In other words, they have become extensions of everyday life, social aesthetics, technical standards, through which he reflects on his own doubt and confusion. Since 1979, when Wang Luyan first became involved in art, he has been a key participant and witness in every period during the development of Chinese contemporary art. He is definitely not one of the hot or sentimental artists, yet he is, undeniably, important.