Professor Ian McLean

Hugh Ramsey Chair of Australian Art History
University of Melbourne

Ian McLean is the Hugh Ramsay Chair of Australian Art History at the University of Melbourne. Professor McLean was previously the Senior Research Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Wollongong and adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia. He has published extensively on the subject of Australian art, particularly Indigenous and contemporary art. His books include Indigenous Archives: The Making and Unmaking of Aboriginal Art, with Darren Jorgensen (2017); Rattling Spears: A History of Indigenous Australian Art (2016); Double Desire: Transculturation and Indigenous Art (2014); How Aborigines Invented the Idea of Contemporary Art (2011) alongside extensive publishing in journals like Australia and New Zealand Journal of Art, The Art Bulletin and Third Text. McLean has received numerous external grants including three ARC Discovery grants (2015, 2011, 2007) and two AAANZ prizes for best anthology in 2015 (Double Desire) and 2012 (How Aborigines Invented the Idea of Contemporary Art).

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