Drew, Joanna. (15 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 15. Joanna Drew [JD] comments on C├ęzanne's artistic struggle, describes previous day's visit to Print Fair at Royal Academy of Art [RA], mentions love of etching, criticises Lucien Freud's [LF] etchings. Describes issues related to print making, refers to technicians' role in reproducing Francis Bacon paintings; enthuses about diversity and skill of print techniques by Richard Hamilton [RH] in exhibition at British Museum in relation to James Joyce's Ulysses. Describes posthumous portrait by RH of Dieter Rot; mentions living artists producing interesting prints - Howard Hodgkin, Bridget Riley. Considers William Hayter work boring. Mentions series of Arts Council [AC] exhibitions called Drawing towards Painting ; comments on lack of drawing skills among contemporary artists. JD describes her appointment to AC as junior exhibition organiser; mentions artists, John Piper, Graham Sutherland, William Scott (Scottish ), Julian Trevelyan included in previously mentioned student exhibition. Mentions lack of Scottish gallery of modern art - only Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) and Society of Scottish Artists (SSA). At Arts Council JD succeeded Olivia Popham, part of Bloomsbury network, daughter of A.E. Popham, married to Quentin Bell son of Clive and Vanessa Bell. Describes Arts Council personnel, including Philip James, Gabriel White, brother in law of Edward Ardizzone, taught by Sickert and Bernard Meninsky. Main purpose of AC to organise exhibition programme, mentions subsidy of Penwith Society of Artists in St. Ives and Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA). Describes early AC policy and exhibition spaces, including Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A).

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