Based in: Eora/Sydney, Australia

Joanna Mendelssohn was one of the first graduates in Fine Arts at the University of Sydney, studying under Bernard Smith and Donald Brook. She first worked as a curatorial assistant at the Art Gallery of New South Wales under Daniel Thomas before becoming assistant director at the Newcastle Region Art Gallery and then curator at the SH Ervin Art Gallery and Museum. In 1988 she became the art critic for The Bulletin, and in 1991 was awarded the Geraldine Pascall Prize for art criticism. She began teaching in Art Administration and Art History at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW in 1990 and as a result undertook a PhD at the University of Sydney. She is now an honorary principal fellow at the Centre of Visual Arts, University of Melbourne. In 2003 she initiated the partnerships that led to the original Dictionary of Australian Artists Online, and is the current editor in chief of Her most recent book, written with Catherine De Lorenzo, Alison Inglis and Catherine Speck, Australian Art Exhibitions: Opening Our Eyes (Thames &Hudson 2018) is an examination of how Australian art and its exhibitions has helped shape our understanding of both our past and ourselves.


Art World Problems: Changing of the Guard

In the future, the work of older white, male artists will most likely be less popular in art auction rooms than it once was. But taste is cyclical, and whatever the market is up to, the artworks themselves remain the same as when you bought them.

With All Due Respect

Should public galleries spend more of their acquisition budgets on local artists and less on big ticket international art?

Agenda: A place in the sun

Why should governments fund the visual arts?

Lifecycle of a Collector: Right to copy

Collectors beware: owning a work of art does not mean owning copyright.

Lifecycle of a Collector: Final Solutions

Joanna Mendelssohn on the many paths art can take after death, decluttering or different taste.