Drew, Joanna. (17 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 17. Joanna Drew [JD] continues to describe Arts Council [AC] programme of exhibitions in 1950s. Mentions John Drummond's revival of visual arts exhibitions at Edinburgh Festival. Refers to involvement in Degas and Colonel Grant's 19th Century Landscape exhibitions, mentions Ellis Waterhouse. Prints and drawings by Hiroshige, memorial exhibition for Frances Hodgkins. Describes relative simplicity of process of setting up exhibitions in 1950s. Refers to Tate Modern's Matisse / Picasso exhibition in relation to problems of private views. Further description of Arts Council [AC] personnel, including Philip James; mentions artist based Midland Group in relation to Arnolfini Gallery and Museum of Modern Art, Oxford ; describes function of AC collection in relation to provinces and negotiating loans. Anecdote relating to William Rubin and loans from Museum of Modern Art , New York; describes institution of loan charges for art works; details of loan dealings. Describes issues relating to cost of mounting exhibitions nowadays; mentions lack of sponsors for a Francis Bacon exhibition. Interviewer mentions Royal Academy difficulties in finding sponsors for Aztec Exhibition. Further reference to RA's Sensation Exhibition and Mayor Guiliani's censorship of the latter in New York.

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