Selected reviews: 

".....Lin Yan works with the empty surface of xuan paper as well as with the saturation of ink. Somehow both aspects of her artistic approach reach the same conclusion, which is related to the emptiness of nature, a kind of hovering in time, an absence replete with meaning that dissolves before one’s eyes."

----- Robert C. Morgan, Brooklyn Rail, July 2012

“Lin Yan --- whose father, mother and grandfather are all respected figures in the oil-painting world --- opted for layered, embossed and crumpled paper wall works, some resembling abstract reliefs, in which a nontraditional element, surface texture, predominates to mesmerizing effect.”​

----- Richard Vine, Art in America. Jan. 2008

“Lin Yan, the third generations of a family of distinguished artists, returns to the forms of objects recognizably of her homeland, while retaining the impressions of her New York City life.”

----- Edward Leffingwell, Art in America. Jan. 2007

“Lin Yan’s pensive work draws on minimalist tendencies in painting from Ad Reinhardt to Sean Scully.”

----- Rex Weil, Artnews. Jan. 2003

“What’s interesting about her work is not its general post-Minimalist “look,” which feels somewhat dated in a New York context now, but the way it uses elements of multiple styles to bring histories, past and present, together.”

----- Holland Cotter, The New York Times. Nov. 1, 2002

Lin Yan explores the possibilities of working exclusively with a black palette. Mixing black colour with chrome, the works tend to change dramatically according to light and location. Most of Lin Yan’s installations are made of a large number of small black drawings and paintings that she then carefully assembles together. It seems that she approaches the creation of an installation piece as if she were to write with black ink in space, turning her writing into ideogram. The effects are subtle, elegant and balanced. With labyrinth-like shapes and angles, Lin Yan walks us through what builds the starting point of most of her work, her provide garden – the streets of Beijing.
----- Oliver Sand, Asian Art, 1998

She shapes her black fields into three-dimensional installations whose forms carry very personal meaning. The black in itself remains compelling and mysterious, but that sense of mystery combines with a sense of loss. Lin Yan's use of combined media is daring and innovative, sweeping aside preconceptions dictating the separation of Chinese ink from Western media. 

----- Britta Erickson, Art Asia Pacific, 1998


Selected Recent Reviews:


藝術當代:时间谱係中的“自由生長”。 金燕莎. 2019/4

生活月刊:林延与她的时间谱. 刘匪思. 2019/05

艺术中国: 林延:界限是一堵墙,我愿意两边都看看 08/04/2018

狮語畫廊: 锵锵——铿锵又轻盈. 林霖. 08/2018

Artyoo.:纸中世- 林延:反映”. 王夢瑤. 08/2018

COOKIETIN: Jessica7/7觀展 - “林延:反映”. 07/09/2018

艺术中国: "锵锵2018——狮語画廊女性艺术家联展第六回:英格里德·勒登特 VS 林延" 07/06/2018

狮語畫廊: Soft Power 锵锵 2018 | Ingrid Ledent & 林延 双个展


典藏・今艺术: “拓印时间:林延的虚实门道”,冯塬雅,02/2018

艺术中国: "《林延:门道》-纽约否画廊展览", 陈泳潼,02/13/2018

The Brooklyn Rail, “Lin Yan: Gateway”, Jonathan Goodman,  01/09/2018


CAFA Art Info: "Fou Gallery announces 'Lin Yan: Gateway' opening on December 2", Sue Wang, 11/23/2017
Asia Art Archive in America:"Lin Yan: Gateway," 12/05/2017

Art Frontier: “Negotiating with Space”, Xiao Tianshi,

translated by Ke Lingxiang,  12/2017



罐新聞: 林延以黑與白呈現台北初春最有顏色深度的展覽. 04/09/2016
艺术新闻(中文版): TANC I 林延個展首現臺北:徜徉於紙山與墨海之間 04/25/2016
Scope 藝術客: 探訪 I 認識林延 05/18/2016


Reviews Europan media (pdf) 2014
Sculpture magazine: Featured article
The Next Step Forward: Lin Yan
 Sept. 2014
New York Times: A Dialogue Between Hemispheres 07/20/2014 
LEAP 艺术界:Lin Yan: Dispelling the Clouds / Lin Yan: Paper Weight . 林延:空-气 / 林延:镇纸 04/2014
Arte FuseThe Harmfully Active and Helplessly Receptive: Paperweight by Lin Yan at Gallery Fo 03/20/2014



Asian Art News : Paradox of Xuan"
Sept/Oct, 2012

Selected Catalog Essays:

Catalogs: LinYan 2008 & LinYan 2010

"The Gateway to the Future" by Robert C. Morgan 2008

Catalog: Lin Yan - Echoes in the Moment

"Tradition as Visual Memory" by Zhijian Qian 

"作为视觉记忆的传统:林延的近作"  - 钱 志 坚 2006

Catalog: Three Generations of Chinese Modernism - Qiu Ti, Pang Tao, Lin Yan

"Three Generations of Chinese Modernism" by Eleanor Heartney "中国三代现代主义" - 爱林诺尔 哈特尼 1998