The Khoan and Michael Sullivan Collection is one of the most important collections of modern and contemporary Chinese art in the West. Professor Sullivan began collecting with his wife Khoan (Wu Baohuan) in China in the 1940s. ‘Khoan in her own special way began to build bridges and open doors for me’, he writes, ‘who would otherwise always have been looked on as a foreigner’. Many artists became their personal friends, and the works of art were presented to them as symbols of their friendship.
Professor Sullivan has published many books on contemporary Chinese art since the 1950s and has worked at the Universities of London, Malaya, Stanford and Oxford. Through his writings, he established a new field of modern Chinese art history and criticism, and befriended Chinese artists of all generations, especially those working overseas.
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