Drew, Joanna. (35 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 35. Joanna Drew [JD] refers to Arts Council [AC] exhibitions during the 1970s, including Henri Laurens, 1971, Art in Revolution, 1971 - when Norbert Lynton then Director of Exhibitions; Bridget Riley, 1971 and Anthony Caro. JD talks about working with Claes Oldenburg; mentions impact of Islamic Carpets From The Collection of Joseph V. McMullan [JVM], 1972 and The Arts of Islam, 1976. Refers to The Age of Neo - Classicism under aegis of Sir John Pope - Hennessy held at the R.A. and the V&A, and the inappropriacy of the Salvator Rosa exhibition at the Hayward Gallery [HG]. JD describes involvement with exhibition of French Popular Imagery and link with Musée des Arts et Traditions Populaires. Mentions effectiveness of Morris Louis exhibition in the HG and Jasper Johns at the Serpentine. Recounts circumstances relating to late opening of National Theatre and amended programme at the HG using selection from The Burrell Collection, designed by Barry Gasson in 1975. Describes success of Andrea Palladio exhibition, 1975, at the HG using drawings from Royal Institute of British Architects [RIBA] Collection and curated by Howard Burns. Mentions programming of other cultures including exhibition of Native American Art at the Hayward Gallery [HG], and Towards Independence: American Art 1750 - 1800 at the V&A. Details of arrangements for loans for The Arts of Islam exhibition at the HG, 1976. Mentions Sacred Circles exhibition, 1976 and In the Image of Man, 1982. Remarks on collaboration with French on one person shows of 19th century artists, including Millet, 1976; Courbet, 1978; Pissarro, 1980; Renoir and Toulouse Lautrec. Indicates importance of friendship with head of Reunion des Musées Nationaux, Irene Bisot; refers to then Director of Swedish National Gallery's refusal to lend two pictures for travelling exhibition.

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