Remembering the Lowry and Mark Gertler exhibitions
|Clip Title||Remembering the Lowry and Mark Gertler exhibitions|
|Interviewee Name||John Taylor|
|Interviewee Role||Associated since 1973, John’s involvement included teaching classes and producing a range of screen print editions and other commercial print jobs.|
|Interviewer Name||Kerry Patterson|
|Interview Date||20 March 2013|
|Clip Length||2 minutes 47 seconds|
JT: Well, just I mean, obviously to have, a Lowry exhibition  was quite amazing. Mark Gertler [exhibition, 1982]. And one of the persons that should be mentioned in that was Susie Robinson.
KP: Yeah, I’ve heard of her, yeah.
JT: Susie was instrumental in organising the Mark Gertler exhibition from connections she had with a London gallery.
KP: She was chairperson of the … wasn’t she?
JT: She was.
KP: Yeah that seems to have been quite a big, a big coup to be able get that.
JT: Correct. A big exhibition.
KP: It’s also been mentioned the Max Ernst exhibition… ‘Books and Graphics’  seems to have been one that made an impression.
JT: That was a brilliant exhibition as well. I mean a lot of these exhibitions were of such stature that we had to get a new security system put in. We had security men in at night, to stay there guarding these masterpieces! In fact, when I go into the TATE gallery I see the Mark Gertler painting , ‘The Merry-Go-Round which is a kind of anti-war statement really. And I always think, how I hung it up on the wall in our gallery with two shoogly nails.
KP: So Catriona [Clarke] has said that there was maybe originally an agreement that the Glasgow League of Artists about them using the gallery space for a few shows a year?
JT: I think they probably did.Again it was a broad exhibition policy.
KP: So was there an exhibitions committee? Or you know, did you or other staff have a role…
JT: There was an exhibition of Yugoslavian Printmakers Which I saw in London at the TATE and I told Calum it was a wonderful show.So he said “right, we’ll try for it .”
I think the only other place in the UK it went was somewhere in Wales. But I mean you you just did this stuff. You know, I stupidly never kept a diary or even kept a lot of the stuff I was printing, I just did it. [This is not a verbatim transcript of the interview but it was requested and approved by the interviewee]