Drew, Joanna. (18 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 18. Joanna Drew [JD] comments on decline of Bloomsbury influence on Arts Council [AC]; mentions memorial exhibitions for Roger Fry, Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant. Describes influence of Roger Fry; comments on English public's discovery of post war American art at Tate Gallery,1959. Further reference to CIA support of International Council of Museum of Modern Art; effect of Bryan Robertson's [BR] exhibitions of American Abstract Expressionists at Whitechapel Art Gallery [WAG]. Comments on AC's facilitating role in mounting exhibitions at Tate and growing resentment on part of Tate in relation to hosting. JD comments on low key publicity relating to galleries acting as receiving houses ; describes Tate's manoeuvres in 1960s when it displaced AC exhibitions to Duveen sculpture galleries. Interviewer's cough interrupts. Mentions Magritte exhibition, 1968, Picasso Sculpture 1967 and Gauguin exhibitions. AC programming at Tate ended in 1968; mentions last AC shows at Tate - Peter Lanyon and Henry Moore [HM] - coinciding with opening of Hayward Gallery with Matisse exhibition. Describes Tate's efforts to dictate AC programming at Hayward; mentions move from St. James' Square to offices in Piccadilly. Corrects Magritte exhibition date to 1969. Describes initial Hayward programming, including Anthony Caro, Bridget Riley. Details of politics related to 1968 Matisse exhibition. Describes involvement with HM exhibition at Tate with DS; refers to RA exhibition of HM, including reasons for his dislike of RA and Hayward. Mentions HM's involvement in Rodin exhibition 1970 at Hayward.

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