FROM THE LEE FAMILY COLLECTION
Ira Condit Lee (1904-1992) and Minnie Fong Lee (1908-1992) were both American-born Chinese. Ira Lee developed an early interest in Chinese art when he worked in an antiques store while a student at UC Berkeley in the 1920’s. The couple’s interest in art developed further when they became related by marriage to the artist Zhang Shuqi (1900- 1957). In the 1940’s, Ira Lee wrote for the Shanghai Mercury and later became White House correspondent for the Chinese News Agency. In 1950, he joined the Central Intelligence Agency and in 1957 the couple were posted to Taipei. In Taiwan between 1957 and 1968, Ira and Minnie Lee cultivated a large group of friends among intellectuals, artists, and political figures, among whom are the artists represented in this offering.