Joanna Mendelssohn

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In the early 20th century, two families of collectors brought the best of modern French art to Russia. Many of their paintings - including works by Picasso, Matisse and Cezanne - can now be seen in Sydney.

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A new book charts the growth in awareness of modernist women artists in Australia.

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John Russell, who was destined to become an engineer, instead became an artist in fin de siècle France – and a friend of Van Gogh, Monet and Rodin.

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It is some years since such a classical work as Yvette Coppersmith's has won the Archibald. Hers is a most intelligent self-portrait in the very mannered style of George Lambert’s work.

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The lively reconfiguring of the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman exhibitions means it is harder to work out which paintings the judges are considering as potential winners.

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Artists have long tackled global issues, from war to human rights. But what, asks Joanna Mendelssohn, does this actually achieve?

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Joanna Mendelssohn examines the historical and social background to the summer exhibition 'Rembrandt & the Dutch Golden Age'.

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When the General Motors Holden factory closes at Elizabeth in October, Australia will lose an icon that has been a sentimental favourite with artists, writes Joanna Mendelssohn.

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Cultural precincts, bold collaborations and integrated ticketing are just some of the innovations needed to lift Sydney's arts life to the next level.

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The Maralinga atomic tests were devastating to life and land in Central Australia. Black Mist Burnt Country brings together dozens of artistic responses in a powerful, but somewhat incoherent memorial, writes Joanna Mendelssohn.

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