Drew, Joanna. (27 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 27. Joanna Drew [JD] comments on 1961 Max Ernst [ME] exhibition brought over from MOMA ( Museum of Modern Art, New York ); remarks on low key private view; story anecdote about ME's witty literal interpretation of JD's request for 'his ear'. Describes ME, mentions Dorothea (Tanning). JD recalls Joan Miro's [JM] shy presence accompanied by family at opening of JM exhibition, 1964. Anecdote about JM's private viewing of own pictures at Tate. JD remarks on requirement of artists to socialise with collectors; mentions Frank Auerbach's [FA] attitude to this demand. JD remarks on length of time working for Arts Council [AC], refers to Nicholas Serota's [NS] move from AC to Director, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford [MOMA, O]; David Elliot's appointment to latter post; Richard Francis' eventual appointment as first Director of Tate, Liverpool from beginnings at AC; Michael Harrison's appointment as Head of Visual Arts, Winchester School of Art, and subsequently Director of Kettle's Yard, Cambridge; Catherine Lampert's [CL] appointment as Director, Whitechapel Gallery (WCG). JD remarks on her role as exhibition administrator; comments on Exhibition of Nigerian Tribal Art, 1960 and Nigerian Independence; anecdote relating to Kenneth Clark [KC] and Adolf Menzel Exhibition; comments on encounters with KC, including dealing with his collection and visiting his flat in the Albany. JD describes her political persuasion; read Manchester Guardian, New Left Review, The Statesman; access to Burlington Magazine, Studio International. Mentions evening classes in 1960s by John Huntley on History of Cinema.

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