John McDonald was born in Cessnock, NSW, in 1961, and studied at Sydney University. For over twenty years he has been one of Australia's best-known art critics, writing a weekly column for the Sydney Morning Herald, and contributing to local and international publications. As Head of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Australia in 2000, John was curator of the exhibition, Federation: Australian Art & Society 1901-2001, which toured the country for eighteen months. He has written numerous catalogue essays, and monographs on artists such as David Strachan, Ari Purhonen and Jeffrey Smart. He has also written on films, travel and even cricket. As a lecturer, John has appeared at colleges and public forums throughout Australia, and has taught Art History and Theory at the National Art School, Sydney.
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