Drew, Joanna. (19 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 19. Describes working with David Sylvester [DS], comments on DS and John Berger's [JB] ideological opposition. Refers to DS's phrase 'kitchen sink school' in relation to John Bratby et al and his later espousal of American art; mentions recent tribute exhibition at Tate. Refers to Lawrence Alloway and JB leaving the field to DS, Andrew Forge, Lawrence Gowing, Robert Melville, Basil Taylor. Comments on DS role in the Establishment. Describes influence of DS on Joanna Drew's [JD] own work, including hanging pictures. Refers to RA summer exhibition. Telephone interrupts. Ponders DS's attitude to present Picasso / Matisse [MP] exhibition; Comments on art of hanging exhibitions, including reference to effective use of colour background in MP exhibition and problems of mixing sculpture with paintings. JD emphasises non involvement in purchasing art during time with AC and participation in wide variety of exhibitions; describes Arts Council purchasing procedure as set up by DS in relation to Tate purchasing policy. Comments on debate concerning Francis Bacon studies for portrait of van Gogh and head number 6 purchased by Arts Council [AC] from Erica Brausen's Hanover gallery.

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