Joanna Mendelssohn


Betty Churcher combined her love of art with an emotional intelligence and pragmatism that made her a rare creature indeed in the field of art administration, writes Joanna Mendelssohn.


A major retrospective of Australian photography at the Art Gallery of NSW has produced a cool yet passionate argument on the very nature of Australia, writes Joanna Mendelssohn.

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Building a large dedicated museum of Applied Arts and Sciences at Parramatta, in one of Sydney’s central hubs, makes good sense both as policy and as politics, writes Joanna Mendelssohn.

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The vigil for convicted drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran showed the two men and their families that "lots of people walk this path with you," writes Joanna Mendelssohn.  

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In the Art Gallery of NSW’s Pop to Popism, curator Wayne Tunncliffe has revealed himself as a master of illusion, writes Joanna Mendelssohn.

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This summer, art lovers can pick and choose from blockbuster exhibitions across the country, writes Joanna Mendelssohn.

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There is no reason to confine iconic architecture to the CBD, and every reason to think on a grand scale when planning infrastructure for the majority of Sydney’s population, writes Joanna Mendelssohn.

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The establishment of an online database of Australian artists has broken down barriers to make research accessible to all, which means there is no longer any excuse for parochialism, writes Joanna Mendelssohn. 

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The Sydney Biennale is an occasion for significant cultural exchange between artists and is well worth visiting, but lovers of the contemporary will find the Adelaide Biennale more compelling, writes Joanna Mendelssohn. 

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It is infantile for artists in the Biennale to pick on Trasnfield Holdings because of its contract to operate a detention centre on Manus Island if they ignore the central role the Australian government plays in directing the entire operation, writes Joanna Mendelssohn.