Drew, Joanna. (8 of 50). National Life Story Collection: Artists' Lives

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    2002-03-18 and 2002-04-05 and 2002-05-02 and 2002-05-23 and 2002-06-28 and 2002-07-11 and 2002-08-15 and 2002-08-29 and 2002-10-03 and 2002-10-17 and 2002-07-11

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    Drew, Joanna 1929-2003 (female)

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    O'Ryan, Lydia (female)

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    Part 8. Joanna Drew [JD] comments on Reiman Garman Collection, belonging to Jacob Epstein' widow and a friend, housed in new municipal museum in Walsall. Details on Whitechapel Art Gallery [WAG] history, including reference to Lord Bearstead and Bryan Robertson [BR]. Mentions Royal British Artists [RBA] Gallery and Mall Galleries. Remarks on influence of David Thorpe at South London Gallery. Remarks on role of the individual in an institution, mentions theatre director, Peter Brook, , Norman Rosenthal [NR ], Nicholas Serota [NS]. Comments on importance of knowing audience. Further details on BR at WAG and programme of Abstract Expressionist art and work by emerging British artists. JD refers to CIA promotion of Abstract Expressionism. Mentions BR's proximity to artists, including new generation exhibition of British sculptors teaching at St. Martin's ; comments on austerity of NS's exhibitions and penchant for Minimalism in 70s. Stresses importance of being in touch with art of one's contemporaries. Further reference to NR at RA, including detailed reference to Sensations Exhibition and utilisation of Charles Saatchi Collection; mentions publicity derived from Myra Hindley Portrait. (Marcus Harvey). Remarks on cost of transporting works of art. Comments on difficulty of procuring sponsorship for contemporary art; mentions Beck's Bier's pre -eminent position in sponsorship stakes. Comments on Tate's mounting of Constable exhibition; popularity of Vermeer, Monet and van Gogh. Reference to Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, mounting Tracey Emin exhibition. Remarks on Serpentine Gallery and Julia Peyton - Jones.

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