Joanna Drew: and the Art of Exhibitions



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Caroline Hancock


Exhibitions were Joanna Drew’s life. She began her impressive career at the Arts Council of Great Britain in 1952 and during the next forty years organised an extraordinarily diverse range of exhibitions across time and cultures, from prehistoric art to contemporary art, folk art and high art, the 150 exhibitions she made for the Arts Council (and, later, the Hayward Gallery) included the sensational Picasso exhibition held at the Tate Gallery in 1960 – the world’s first blockbuster show – and other landmark exhibitions at the Tate and at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal Academy, the ICA and elsewhere in London and the UK.

Between 1975 and 1992 Joanna Drew was successively Director of Exhibitions and Director of Art at the Arts Council and finally Director of the Hayward Gallery, which had become the leading UK venue for thematic exhibitions of western and non-western art and monographic exhibitions from Matisse (1968) and Anthony Caro (1969), through Renoir (1985) and Leonardo da Vinci (1989) to Toulouse-Lautrec (1990) and Bridget Riley (1969 and 1992).

Much of Caroline Hancock’s account of Joanna Drew’s life and work is drawn from memories of her colleagues, contemporaries and friends. It also features Joanna Drew’s own perspective on exhibition making – and her recollections of working with Picasso, Miró, Max Ernst, Jean Arp, Henry Moore, Claes Oldenburg and many other artists – as voiced in her extensive interviews for the British Library’s National Life Stories, made in 2002. Interspersing the main narrative are tributes from some of the people who worked alongside her.

Additional information

Weight 730 g
Dimensions 17.3 x 24.4 cm
Publisher name Skira Editore S.p.A
Publication date 16 May 2019
Number of pages 224
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 17.3 x 24.4 cm
Weight 730 g
Caroline Hancock is an independent curator based in Paris. She began her career in museums and galleries in Paris, London and Dublin, and between 2002 and 2008 was an exhibition organiser at the Hayward Gallery. Her exhibitions include a Lynda Benglis retrospective (2009) which toured in Europe and the USA, and My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose. L'Art en Ecosse: une traverse du 18e au 21e siècle, at the Musée du Château des Ducs de Wurtemberg, Montbéliard, in 2015. In 2008 she was awarded a Joanna Drew Travel Bursary to research in Algeria. The book includes texts by Dawn Ades, Lutz Becker, Alan Bowness, Andrew Brighton, Martin Caiger-Smith, Rory Coonan, David Elliott, Isobel Johnstone, Catherine Lampert, Tim Llewellyn, Roger Malbert, Bridget Riley, Nicholas Serota, Roy Strong, Alister Warman, Richard Wentworth.